Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and is emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University, Viadrina University, and the Free University of Berlin. He blogs on national and international economic topics at http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/ and http://paulgregorysblog.blogspot.com/.

The holder of a PhD in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and more than one hundred articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography. Gregory’s economics papers have been published in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic History, and the Journal of Comparative Economics.  His most recent books are Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina (Hoover Institution Press, 2010), Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), Terror by Quota (Yale, 2009), and The Political Economy of Stalinism (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Hewett Prize. He edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008), Behind the Façade of Stalin's Command Economy (Hoover, 2001), and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (Hoover, 2003). The work of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.

Gregory has also published The Global Economy and Its Economic Systems (Cengage, 2013) and is working with director Marianna Yarovskaya on a film documentary entitled Women of the Gulag.

Gregory also served on the editorial board of the seven-volume Gulag documentary series entitled The History of the Stalin Gulag, published jointly by the Hoover Institution and the Russian Archival Service. He also serves or has served on the editorial boards of Comparative Economic Studies, Slavic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Explorations in Economic History.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Putin For Life?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

One of the few remaining non-Kremlin-line newspapers, RBK, leaked a memo in its possession from the Investigations Committee of the Russian Federation, headed by General Nikolai Tutevich, to General Viktor Zolotov, commander of the newly-created National Guard of the Russian Federation.

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Trump’s First Principles: The Foreign Policy Speech Was A Good Start

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Thursday, May 12, 2016

I am no fan of Donald Trump. I have taken him to task for his foolhardy comments on Vladimir Putin and his dismissive remarks on NATO and Ukraine. In the one area where economists agree, Trump takes a dangerous anti-trade mercantilist position.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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North Korea Follows Stalin's Script

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This month’s four-day North Korean Worker’s Party Congress followed the standard choreography set almost a century earlier by Vladimir Lenin and Josif Stalin: thousands of wildly-clapping jubilant delegates, decorated streets, extravagant mass parades, excited media coverage and multiple-hour speeches to an audience pretending to be attentive.

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The Rise Of American Socialism

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Obama thinks countries should adopt statist or market-based policies according to “whatever works” for them. He’s wrong. 

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How The Kremlin Lies With Headlines Like 'Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down Malaysia Airlines' MH17'

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The shock headline shows how Russian propaganda works. By luck or design, a news item appears in a legitimate media outlet, such as BBC, Reuters, or NBC. It gives a small opening for distorted interpretation, which is exploited in the form of a sensationalist headline in tabloids or Russian-sponsored media.

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Putin’s Government In Donbas

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In March, the German tabloid Bild published an article based on a secret document that reveals how breakaway areas of eastern Ukraine are “being treated as parts of Russia’s sovereign territory.” The revelations cast the ongoing Minsk 2 peace negotiations in a new light, one that illuminates the frustration being expressed by the Ukrainian government.

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Barack Obama Extols Cuba's Slave-Labor Medical Care

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Barack Obama, fresh from his historic opening to Cuba’s Castro brothers, was effusive in his praise of Cuba’s socialized health care system. Speaking to a town hall in Argentina, Obama gushed: “Medical care–the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to that of the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. 

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Putin Caught In Huge Panama Papers Scandal

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The dump of millions of documents leaked from Panama offshore accounts implicates Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. We already knew that Putin and his Kremlin kleptocrats were robbing Russia of its assets for personal gain, but the Panama Papers provide a proof in black and white, which Putin’s propaganda team cannot refute.

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Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Plan Would Give Putin Exactly What He Wants

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post editorial board, Republican candidate Donald Trump showed why he is Vladimir Putin’s favorite candidate for President of the United States. 

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Ten Reasons Why Putin Wins Big In Syria While The U.S. Gets Nothing

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he is pulling the main part of his armed forces out of Syria caught the world flat-footed. Putin’s word is not to be highly valued given his claims of no troops in Ukraine.

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