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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The NYT’s Friday the 13th on Global Warming

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, May 14, 2011

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

Three Political Appointees versus 547,461 Shareholders

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Corporation-haters want you to believe big corporations are run in the interests of greedy executives. This is wrong: U.S. corporations align the interests of executives with their bosses, the shareholders.

Analysis and Commentary

The NYT’s Conservative Columnist: Future Congresses To Make Future Spending Cuts?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Daily Report
Friday, May 13, 2011

“Conservative” NYT columnist, David Brooks, has suddenly turned optimist...

Analysis and Commentary

Reading David Brooks and Missing William Safire

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Any conservative thinker, when confronted with the question of non-working adult males, would consider the incentives and human motivations underlying the “Missing Seventeen Percent”...

If Congress Can Mug Big Oil, It Can Mug Anyone

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When Robert Hall and Alvin Rabushka proposed the flat tax more than a quarter century ago, they justified it on the grounds of economic efficiency and tax simplification. We now understand the real reason we need a flat tax.

Analysis and Commentary

If Congress Can Mug Big Oil, It Can Mug Anyone

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our tax code has become a blunt instrument for political mugging, shakedowns, and intimidation...

Holder’s New Bluster: The Fraud Task Force on Gas Prices

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Strapped American families can rest easy. On Thursday April 21, Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney rode to our rescue with the following announcement:

I was Right All Along: BP ¼, Russia ¾

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In my March 4 posting, I wrote that BP was about to be rolled by Russia again. On Friday, the debacle took place.

Analysis and Commentary

The Pentagon Knows How to Spike the Football: Saddam’s Fleas and Osama’s Home Movies

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Monday, May 9, 2011

The Pentagon’s image makers have again displayed their skills (or was it the CIA?)...

Analysis and Commentary

Holder’s New Bluster: The Fraud Task Force on Gas Prices

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, May 8, 2011

Strapped American families can rest easy. On Thursday April 21, Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney rode to our rescue with the following announcement...

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