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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The Nemtsov Murder Investigation: A Battle Of Leaks

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Nemtsov murder is part of a power struggle within Putin’s power vertical. The investigation will likely determine implausibly that it was planned and executed by low-level Chechen thugs, acting on their own out of religious hatred spawned by Nemtsov’s support of Charlie Hebdo.


A Perry Mason Moment In The Nemtsov Murder

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

According to leaks form the Nemtsov murder investigation, the Chechen killers were given a ZAZ Chance as a surveillance and getaway car. The Kremlin investigation, it appears will settle on the charge that the Chechen 5 killed Nemtsov on their own out of anger over his rebuke of the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 10.

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The Kremlin's New 'New' Version Of The Nemtsov Murder

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On March 16, Kremlin insiders leaked a third version of the Nemtsov murder case.


Rumors Fly In Moscow: Coup of Generals, Putin Stroke, FSB Against Chchenya's Kadyrov

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vladimir Putin has not been seen publicly since March 5. Pictures of him meeting with women on the March 8 Women's Day were apparently taken earlier.


Something Strange Going On In The Kremlin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The news coming out of Russia could not be stranger. The confessed assassin of Boris Nemtsov is visited by a human rights activist and claims he was tortured into a confession.

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The Kremlin's Nemtsov Murder Narrative Is Hanging By A Thread

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The message of Boris Nemtsov’s assassination now cannot be mistaken. The in-your-face murder in the shadow of the Kremlin obviously required high-level assistance

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Does The Kremlin Have Hillary Clinton’s Emails?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Blaze
Friday, March 6, 2015

The furor over the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a private email account throughout her tenure as secretary of state (and did not even have an official State Department account) misses the point.


Kremlin Investigators Claim That Nemstov Killed By All Putin’s Enemies In One Package

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Putin has apparently decided that he can use the Nemtsov killing to implicate all his enemies at once.

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Videotape of Nemtsov Murder Suggests High-Level Assistance

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, March 1, 2015

There may be no place in Moscow more secure than the massive Kremlin complex where Vladimir Putin and his Presidential Apparat work.

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Putin Blames Enemies Of The State For Nemtsov's Murder; Obama Demands Kremlin Investigate Itself

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vladimir Putin describes the Russian state as a power vertical, in which power is exercised at the very top. All authority descends from Putin himself and those below carry out his orders.