Robert Graboyes

Robert Graboyes

  • Senior Research Fellow

Robert Graboyes is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the economics of healthcare.

Previously, he was a sub-Saharan Africa economist at Chase Manhattan Bank, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and an economics professor at the University of Richmond. Twice he was a visiting health care scholar in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has chaired the National Economists Club and the Healthcare Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics.

Graboyes earned his PhD in economics from Columbia University and has a MSHA from Virginia Commonwealth University, MPhil from Columbia University, and a MA in government from the College of William and Mary. An award winning teacher, he holds numerous teaching positions in the Washington area including George Mason University, George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Virginia.

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Expert Commentary

By Robert Graboyes, Mario Villarreal |
Mar 31, 2014

The White House recently began a Spanish-language media blitz encouraging people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, which, for the lowest-income Americans, means Medicaid. Having a Medicaid card in your wallet is better for your health and well-being than having no coverage at all. But it’s also worse for your health and well-being than just about any other form of health insurance in America.
By Robert Graboyes, Mario Villarreal |
Mar 30, 2014

Recientemente la Casa Blanca inició una campaña en español para incrementar las inscripciones al Affordable Care Act (ACA o “Obamacare”) – lo que para las personas de más bajos ingresos significa Medicaid. Ciertamente, tener acceso a Medicaid es mejor para la salud y bienestar que no tener cobertura médica. Pero Medicaid es peor para la salud y el bienestar que prácticamente cualquier otra forma de seguros médicos disponibles en los Estados Unidos.
Mar 03, 2014

Below, scholars with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University—the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—look ahead to key policy areas the president will likely focus on in his 2015 budget submission.
Feb 24, 2014

In America's health care debate, every day starts like every other day. The alarm clock clicks, and the music begins. The left says, "More power over health care in Washington and less in the states. More regulation of insurance. More public sector involvement in the delivery of care." The right says, "Less power over health care in Washington and more in the states. Less regulation of insurance.


Robert Graboyes

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Robert Graboyes | January 07, 2014
Steve Jobs transformed technology, bringing affordable smartphones and personal computers to households across income levels and around the world. In this 15 minute podcast, Dr. Robert Graboyes asks why health care has not seen this kind of innovation and explores health potential under free markets.
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