Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow

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 and

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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Analysis and Commentary

Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine.


Is A Slow Putsch Against Putin Under Way?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, August 20, 2015

The tea leaves say that the Kremlin elite, dubbed by some as Politburo 2.0, is currently deciding whether Putin should go before he makes a bad situation worse.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin In The Dock

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Project Syndicate
Friday, August 14, 2015

A string of legal defeats in international courts could have a dramatic impact on the fortunes of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As the adverse rulings pile up, they are starting to pose a threat to Russia’s international standing, its financial health, and Putin himself.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Dirty Bomb: A Thwarted Putin False Flag Operation?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Western media has decided to carry the story of a dirty bomb purportedly being assembled in Donetsk by rebel forces with the aid of Russian nuclear scientists.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia's Veto Of The MH17 UN Criminal Tribunal Is An Admission Of Guilt

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vladimir Putin is minimizing his losses. Yesterday, Russia vetoed the UN resolution (proposed by the four countries that suffered the greatest loss of human life) to form a Criminal Tribunal to punish those directly and indirectly responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Analysis and Commentary

One Year After The MH17 Crash, Russia Still Hasn't Changed Its Story

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine one year ago—but not much (except the passage of time) has changed since then.

Analysis and Commentary

The Madeleine Albright Declaration: Origins Of A Kremlin Lie

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Anti-Americanism is the foundation of Kremlin policy, the central credo of which is the United States’ intent to destroy Russia as we know it.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe's Harsh Deal Puts Greece Into Receivership And Avoids Contagion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, July 13, 2015

After seeing Greece’s terms, it is doubtful that Cyprus, Portugal or Spain wish to follow in its footsteps.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Russian Lobbyists Are Manipulating American Perceptions Of The Ukraine Conflict

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Blaze
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ukraine is fighting an uphill war against Russia on many fronts, including simmering hot war in east Ukraine, its uneven battle against Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine, and its attempts to neutralize hostile Viktor Yanukovich oligarchs who are still on the loose.

Analysis and Commentary

The EU Has No Choice But To Cut Greece Loose

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, July 6, 2015

In the end, Sunday’s referendum wasn’t close: 60% of Greeks voted “no.” It was an in-your-face message to the country’s creditors (largely the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) that Greece won’t be lectured on repaying debts or pension reform anymore.