Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

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 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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A Russian Crisis With No End In Sight, Thanks To Low Oil Prices And Sanctions

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Unlike the 2008/9 financial crisis, Russia faces a long and deep recession because the underlying causes are unlikely to go away in the near term. Former Russian prime minister Evgeny Primakov warned that, if Vladimir Putin continues his Ukraine policies, Russia will become a pariah third-world petro state. The fundamentals of the Russian economy, as it enters 2015, suggest that Russia is fulfilling Primakov’s prophesy.

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Europe Gives $260 Billion For Anti-EU Greece But Balks At $65 Billion For Pro-Europe Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, May 4, 2015

Greece’s election of an anti-Europe government showed it wants out. Ukraine’s EuroMaidan revolution shows it was willing to risk its existence to become a part of Europe. Europe has showered recalcitrant Greece with hundreds of billions of bailout funds while begrudgingly giving Ukraine tens of billions just to keep it alive, even though Ukraine is fighting Europe’s war against Russian expansionism.

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The Ultimate Putin Sympathizer: Germany’s Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Former German Chancellor (“Alt Kanzler”) Helmut Schmidt appeared on the Sandra Maischberger interview show on Germany’s Channel 1 (ARD) to express his views of the world at age 96. Schmidt served as German chancellor from 1974 to 1982 under his social democratic (SPD) administration. Chain-smoking Schmidt remains Germany’s most popular (living) former chancellor and still has enormous influence over German political thought. 

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German Television’s Investigation Of Death-Flight MH17

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, April 27, 2015

Germany’s channel 1 (ARD) is running its investigative report of the downing of  “Death Flight” (Todesflug) MH 17. Although it lets Russian separatist leaders and Russian propagandists present their narrative, ARD does conclude that MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile system operating in rebel territory, most likely by a Russian crew.

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EU's Antitrust Charge Against Gazprom: Another Putin Disaster

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 20, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that the European Union’s antitrust commission will file charges against Gazprom, the Russian state-owned natural gas company, on Wednesday.

Army of Trolls

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

It sounds like something from Middle Earth: mindless trolls carrying out their leader’s malevolent will. But the leader is Vladimir Putin, and the battles are taking place in cyberspace.

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Taking On Robert Reich And The Myth Of The 'Non-Working Rich'

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

In his Huffington Post essay The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich, Robert Reich complains that: “America’s legendary ‘self-made’ men and women are being fast replaced by wealthy heirs…” Reich’s proposed remedy: raising taxes on the rich, especially inheritance taxes.

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Is The MH17 Joint Investigation Team Avoiding The Question Of Kremlin Guilt?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprised of investigators from Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands, is charged with bringing the “perpetrators of the attack on MH17 (Malaysian Airlines Flight 17) to justice.”

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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.

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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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