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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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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I was Right All Along: BP ¼, Russia ¾

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Saturday, May 7, 2011

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

Tax Preferences and Idle Chatter

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, May 7, 2011

"When oil companies are making huge profits and you're struggling at the pump, and we're scouring the federal budget for spending we can afford to do without, these tax giveaways aren't right." They aren't smart. And we need to end them.

Analysis and Commentary

Why tax 'reform' talk is idle chatter

by Paul R. Gregoryvia WND - World Net Daily
Friday, May 6, 2011

Our tax code would be a joke if this were not such serious business...

Analysis and Commentary

Dissecting Chinese Growth: How Long Will It Continue?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Academic specialists know a great deal, but they are not good at sharing their results with general readers...

Dissecting Chinese Growth: How Long Will It Continue?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Academic specialists know a great deal, but they are not good at sharing their results with general readers. What we know about Chinese growth is a case in point.

It Would Be Hard for Assad to Lose

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 29, 2011

It is not easy to overthrow a dictator, especially one who is willing to do anything and everything to stay in power. Even in the internet age, the creation of a shadowy National Initiative for Change in Syria, will have little effect.

Analysis and Commentary

It Would Be Hard for Assad to Lose

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, April 28, 2011

It is not easy to overthrow a dictator, especially one who is willing to do anything and everything to stay in power...Here are the ingredients for the overthrow of a totalitarian regime...

Analysis and Commentary

Of Four 2012 Elections, Ours May be the least Significant

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, April 28, 2011

There are three other 2012 elections that have greater long-run significance, if one can imagine that...

NYT: More Nonsense on Bashar Assad

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 25, 2011

In today’s “Clock Ticking Against Assad,” another NYT analyst equates “studied abroad, elegant British-born wife, French speaking, and widely-read” with a desire “to reform the repressive police state he inherited from his father, given time and opportunity.” We are told that

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