Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow
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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Analysis and Commentary

Medicare’s Elusive Search for the Ideal Success Criterion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Medicare has a new success criterion for rewarding hospitals: “Medicare spending per beneficiary...”

Analysis and Commentary

The 2012 Election Hinges on Whether Voters Believe in the Free Lunch

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, May 27, 2011

The 2012 election may depend on whether voters understand that free lunches are not free...

A Russian Rift

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

President Medvedev chose the futuristic Skolkovo Business School campus outside of Moscow for his first-ever televised question-and-answer session last Wednesday.

Analysis and Commentary

Russian Supreme Court Upholds Khodorkovsky Conviction

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Russian Supreme Court today upheld former oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s conviction to a second prison term. Khodorkovsky, now Russia’s most prominent political prisoner, will return to his Siberian jail cell...

Analysis and Commentary

A Russian Rift

by Paul R. Gregoryvia National Review Online
Monday, May 23, 2011

If we think our 2012 election will offer a stark choice, it’s nothing compared to Russia’s...

Obama’s Regulators Are Now Punishing Thought Crime

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, May 23, 2011

The law allows companies to shift production for economic reasons, but not to retaliate for past strikes or other worker actions. For us, it’s a motive analysis.

- Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel, NLRB

Analysis and Commentary

Chilling Words: Obama’s Regulators Are Now Punishing Thought Crime

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, May 22, 2011

If federal regulators base their actions on “motives,” they have assumed unlimited power...

Analysis and Commentary

Let Labor Compete: Why Does It Need NLRB Protection?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, May 22, 2011

If the New Theory of Unions holds any water, unions might be advised to turn their attention from politics to making their members more efficient and productive...

Analysis and Commentary

Alibaba and the Chinese Thieves (Yahoo in China): Serious Questions About China’s Growth Prospects

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, May 15, 2011

U.S. business may know something about China they are not telling us...

Analysis and Commentary

A Banner Day for Media Bias: The NYT’s Friday the 13th On Global Warming

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Saturday, May 14, 2011

The New York Times outdid itself in media bias on Friday the 13th...

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