Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is Cullen Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, a research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University and the Free University of Berlin.

Gregory was the director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project of the University of Houston Law Center from 1992 to 1997 and has written broadly on Russian energy.

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. 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), for which he received the Hewett Prize, awarded to works on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe. He co-edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008). His archival work is summarized in “Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin’s Archive” (Journal of Economic Literature.) As a producer, Gregory worked with director Marianna Yarovskaya on the documentary film Women of the Gulag, which was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Gregory blogs for Defining Ideas and The Hill and tweets at #PaulR_Gregory.

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Hillary Delivers Self-Inflicted Wound with “Deplorables” Comment

by Paul R. Gregory
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Many observers believe that Mitt Romney’s off-hand remark that the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes will be automatic Obama votes cost him the 2012 election. Clinton’s intemperate comment insults the 40 percent of Americans who, through their support of Trump, could be in the half that fall in Clinton’s “deplorable basket.”

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Russian Combat Medals Put Lie To Putin's Claim Of No Russian Troops In Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Vladimir Putin was cynically playing with words when he declared, on his annual broadcast to the Russian people on April 16, 2015: “I can tell you outright and unequivocally that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine.” 

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Putin Shuts Down Last Russian Independent Pollster In Anticipation Of Russian And US Elections

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Vladimir Putin has based his claim to legitimacy on his high favorability ratings, the anchor of which has been the “independent” Levada Center, headed by the prominent Russian sociologist, Lev Gudkov.

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Under Russia's New Extremism Laws, Liking My Writings On Ukraine Could Mean Jail Terms

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, August 29, 2016

On July 7, 2016, Vladimir Putin signed into law the so-called Yarovaya Amendment to Russia’s anti-extremism laws. The amendment assigns sweeping new powers to security forces, beefs up controls of social media and telephone calls, and broadens the definition of extremism crimes.

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Could Putin Leak Incriminating Hillary Clinton Emails As An October Surprise?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, August 21, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is warning her colleagues that Russian hackers may release fake or doctored documents as part of an October cyber surprise to embarrass Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. 

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What Infrastructure Crisis?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Despite what Clinton and Trump may say, the United States does not need more publicly-funded projects. 

Unfortunately, There’s Nothing Unusual About Manafort’s Ukraine Consulting

by Paul R. Gregory
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Doing business with shady Slavs is routine for K Street bottom feeders of both parties.

Hillary’s Two Years of Financial Hardship in the Top Five Percent

by Paul R. Gregory
Monday, August 15, 2016

The New York Times’s Strained Finances Left Clinton Juggling Necessity and Ideals seeks to explain why “despite choosing a life in government, she [Hillary Clinton] has appeared eager to make money, driven to provide for her family and helping amass a fortune of more than $50 million.” Expressed in less gentile terms, the Times asks: Why does Hillary grub for money in risky ways that jeopardize her life of public service?

Analysis and Commentary

Do Alternative Estimates Show China Entering A Period Of Stagnation?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, August 15, 2016

The media have largely ignored the alternative estimates of Chinese growth of the Conference Board. These calculations (discussed below) claim that China’s growth has been overstated by some thirty percent over the reform era, that it has averaged around five percent for the past five years, and is little different or lower than the two large Asian Tigers (Taiwan and South Korea) during their thirty years of rapid growth starting in 1960. 

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DNC Data Dump Gives Putin A Two-For-One Win

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, July 25, 2016

Wikileak’s release of 19,252 emails from the accounts of Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials constitutes Hillary Clinton’s rude introduction to Vladimir Putin’s hybrid warfare. 

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