Paul R. Gregory

Visiting Fellow

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 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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Stalin as a Study Aid

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 25, 2017

There are striking parallels between today’s North Korea and the Stalinist USSR of the 1930s.

Analysis and Commentary

There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where is the evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia?

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“It’s Best Not to Mess with Us”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

The nuclear poker game with Moscow has already begun—or, rather, resumed. 


Authoritative Putin Think Tank Could Not Choose Between Clinton And Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 24, 2017

A Reuter’s exclusive cites seven anonymous “informed sources” with access to the confidential reports of the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). Reuters claims that these reports “provided the framework and rationale” for the Kremlin’s “intensive effort …. to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system.”

Analysis and Commentary

Truckers' Strike Pits The People Against The Kremlin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Russia’s long-haul truckers began a work stoppage on March 27. Their goal is to force the Russian government to withdraw the road tax (platon in Russian) that they claim threatens their livelihood. The road tax of 1.53 rubles per kilometer (raised to 1.93 rubles on April 15) was levied on long-haul trucks in November of 2015 as a source of new state revenue.


Putin Applies MH17 False-Flag Template To Syria's Gas Attack To Convince Russian Public

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, April 13, 2017

It should be a piece of cake for the Kremlin to convince the Russian people that the massacre of civilians by sarin gas in Idlibe, Syria was a false-flag operation undertaken to discredit Putin and his client, Bashar al-Assad. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Kremlin Claims Trump Has Joined The Terrorists With An Invented WMD Excuse To Strike Syria

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 10, 2017

Most Russians get their news (and form their opinions) from state TV broadcasts. Channel One’s influential hour-long Vesti (The News) broadcast at 8PM provides its viewers with the Kremlin’s version of news of the day.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Politics Has Given Putin The Weapon To Create A Constitutional Crisis

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, April 2, 2017

As the Senate begins and the House continues its Russian inquiry, I offer a list of what we know and do not know about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election: First, we do know that Russian state media conducted a campaign to discredit the US election in general.

Analysis and Commentary

100% Renewables By 2050 -- Germany Pays The Price For Its Ambition

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, March 31, 2017

Germany has set the most ambitious agenda for renewable energy. According to Germany’s Enegiewende program, the share of renewables in electricity generation should reach 45 percent by 2030 and 100% by half century. Complicating matters is Germany’s Atomstop decision to close down its nuclear power plants under pressure from the powerful Green movement.

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Nationwide Protests Against Corruption Catch Russia's Authorities Off Guard

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, March 27, 2017

March 26 marks the seventeenth anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s election to the presidency of Russia. This date could go down in history as the day the Russian people declared: “We have had enough.”