Robert F. Graboyes, MSHA, PhD

Health Economist | rfgraboyes@gmail.com | www.robertgraboyes.com


Writings 2002-2006: written while I was a professor of economics at the University of Richmond. During this time, I was also director of Language Across the Curriculum – a campus-wide foreign-language immersion program.


[1]   A Wealth of Trouble forbes.com, 10/18/06. Semi-whimsical piece suggesting a financial derivatives approach to combating obesity.

[2]   Choosing health versus wealth: a laboratory survey (with Robin L. Hanson and James W. Monks), (Submitted to Health Economics. Editor requested that we resubmit in a shortened format.) This study uses a laboratory survey to estimate consumer preferences over stochastic health and stochastic wealth. A contingent-valuation method is used to estimate willingness to accept cash in lieu of a less-than-certain treatment for a hypothetical disease. In a series of scenarios, subjects choose either Policy T (full insurance covering an expensive treatment) or Policy C (large unfettered lump-sum cash indemnity paid upon diagnosis). They choose Policy T more often when the treatment is more efficacious; when choosing for loved ones rather than for themselves; when choosing for themselves rather than for anonymous strangers and when ex post regret over the choice is likeliest, even when no differences exist in efficacy.

[3]   Consumer-Directed Health Plans (CDHPs) NCPA, Fall 2006. Defines and describes CDHPs. Reviews the current literature on the subject.

[4]   Asian Texas: Borat Misrepresents the Real Kazakhstan Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/16/06. Contrasts and real Kazakhstan.

[5]   Comment Dit-On «Standard Deviation»?: An Effortless Business-Language Curriculum Global Business Languages, 2004. Describes the University of Richmond's Language Across the Curriculum model.

[6]   Book Review: Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around the World, by John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave, and Devon M. Herrick. In Business Economics, April 2005. Authors criticize national health insurance and the current state of U.S. health care.

[7]   The Buffalo Story. I ask each student to name the most interesting fact about him/herself and tell that my most interesting fact is that I once had to choose between getting married and being trampled to death by a buffalo in East Africa. (true story! sort of)

[8]   The Plan. How to land a job 2 to 3 years from now. Aimed at undergraduates, but usable by others.