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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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.

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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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The Trump Dossier Is Fake -- And Here Are The Reasons Why

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, January 12, 2017

A former British intelligence officer, who is now a director of a London private security-and-investigations firm, has been identified as the author of the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal

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Why Russia Cannot Become Our Friend: Memo To President Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, January 9, 2017

I attended a small meeting at Stanford as the primaries went into full swing. The get-together included several former senior members of the Obama and Bush administrations. They agreed that the new President, irrespective of party, will try a new reset with Putin. 

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Putin Already Playing Nuclear Poker With Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, December 26, 2016

Donald Trump’s tweet that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes” ignited a stage-four meltdown among his critics.

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CBS' 'Face The Nation' Downplays Henry Kissinger's Doubts That Russia Sought To Elect Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, December 19, 2016

Online, CBS News has provided the full 18 minute taped interview with former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, six minutes of which were broadcast on the December 18 Face the Nation. The full interview begins with moderator, John Dickerson’s question on Dr. Kissinger’s take on the presumed hacking of the US election. 

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The 'Putin Directed The Leaks' Story Is Less Than It Appears

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, December 16, 2016

NBC News, in an exclusive report, cites “two senior intelligence officials with direct access to the information” as claiming that “U.S. intelligence officials now believe with ‘a high level of confidence’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.” 

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Does Putin Not Understand That Trump Not Clinton Threatens His Petrostate?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, December 16, 2016

Clinton supporters and mainstream media assert that Russian-state agents hacked and released (through WikiLeaks) embarrassing Democratic-party emails that may have swung the election to Donald Trump. They claim that these blatant interventions were ordered by Vladimir Putin to insure that his favorite candidate, Donald Trump, become the next US President.

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