Paul R. Gregory

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a visiting 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 Plans For Reelection Without Crimea Euphoria And The Trump Bubble

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 20, 2017

March 18 is a national Russian holiday marking President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 signing of Crimea’s annexation. The so-called Crimean mobilization pumped up Putin’s approval ratings, sagging from the 2011-12 political protests and lackluster economic performance. 

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Is Putin Preparing To Admit Guilt For MH17?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began its hearings on Ukraine's suit against Russia on March 6 in the Hague. Ukraine’s 45-page indictment alleges that Russia violated two UN conventions: First, the Terrorist Financing Treaty through its support of "illegally armed groups" in the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, and, second, the mistreatment of Tartars under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. 

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Oil Minister Sounds Trouble For Russia At Houston Conference

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, March 10, 2017

Energy producers and OPEC ministers, meeting at CERAWeek in Houston, grappled with a global glut of oil that was not supposed to be. Back in November, OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers agreed to their first production cut in eight years. Thus ended a Saudi-led experiment with free markets that had driven down crude prices to historic lows.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Changes Course As He Gives Up On Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Vladimir Putin has gained his reputation as a strategic thinker and mover by being one step ahead of his opponents. His blitz annexation of Crimea caught a world off-guard, thinking: “He’ll never do that.” Putin moved into the Syria conflict with the West unprepared, just in time to save client Bashar Assad’s regime. 

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Vladimir Fomenko, The Only Russian With Known Links To U.S. Political Hacking, Speaks Out

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vladimir Fomenko has been accused of being deeply involved in Russian hacking of U.S. political institutions. We entered into a correspondence for the purpose of allowing Fomenko to tell his side of the story. Here it is.

Analysis and Commentary

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, February 18, 2017

A number of top Democratic lobbyists have significant ties to Russian interests, including the Podesta Group, Lanny Davis, and former Sen. John Breaux.

Analysis and Commentary

It's Time For Trump To Call Ukraine's 'Pro-Russian Rebels' What They Are: Russian Invaders

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, February 10, 2017

Donald Trump’s interview with FoxNews’ Bill O’Reilly during the halftime at Sunday’s Super Bowl has been ridiculed as the ramblings of an uninformed President.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Claims The CIA Hacked The Kremlin -- But Did It?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vladimir Putin has a playbook that has brought him considerable success. Its Rule Number 1 is to accuse your enemies—falsely—of doing to you what you are doing to them. Under this rule, Blackwater CIA contractors started the war in Donbas, not Russian-hired mercenaries.

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The Infrastructure Myth

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Politicians always demand more infrastructure—and the spending that goes with it. Yet the United States already spends vast sums on such things, much of it wasted. 

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Can Trump Handle Putin?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Forewarned is forearmed. Let’s arm our new president with the facts about Russia. 

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