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

Jul 01, 2014

Summing it all up: Answer the pre-ex question. Learn the technologies. Identify the obstructions. Make some new friends, targeted precisely for specific islands of reform.
Jun 17, 2014

See which books Mercatus scholars and staff are reading this summer that look forward on important issues in economics and public policy.
May 31, 2014

Robert Graboyes offers health insurance wisdom for hipsters getting the short end of the stick.
May 06, 2014

Our Great and Eternal National Health Care Debate calls to mind H.L. Mencken’s description of the prose stylings of Warren G. Harding, America’s much-maligned 29th president: “It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. … But I grow lyrical.”…


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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