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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If This Were Russia, Nancy Pelosi Would Own Google (But There Would Be No Google)

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, June 10, 2011

Instead of rewarding success in business, Putin’s Russia offers entrepreneurs “deals” they cannot refuse. The “deal” is that powerful state and state-connected officials will take their share of your success...

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The Earth is Full of Thomas Friedman’s Hot Air

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Townhall
Friday, June 10, 2011

It is a shame to have to “relitigate” issues that have been laid to rest. For Thomas Friedman, the message is that it is treacherous for non-economists to write economics...

The Khodorovsky Ruling

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, June 9, 2011

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on May 31 that Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed former owner of Yukos, had not proved political motivation in his prosecution on charges of fraud and tax evasion:

Analysis and Commentary

The Coming Clash of Titans: Environmentalists Versus Global Warmists

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Neither has much concern abut the increased cost of energy to industry and the consumer, but the loss of desert tortoises is something they can worry about...

Analysis and Commentary

Are We Misinterpreting China’s Decline in Growth?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, June 2, 2011

In a word, China’s era of unlimited supplies of labor has ended as is evidenced by the incredibly rapid wage inflation...

Analysis and Commentary

My Arab April Spring Scorecard

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Losses...Bad Mistakes...Unlikely Wins...Possible Wins...

Medicare’s Elusive Search for the Ideal Success Criterion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Medicare has a new success criterion for rewarding hospitals: “Medicare spending per beneficiary.” The unusual twist is that Medicare bureaucrats will include expenditures three days before and 90 days after the patient leaves the hospital.

We Don’t Accept That Card Anymore

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I rarely make it through a Peggy Noonan article. Her WSJ column soars into the stratosphere, high above the political fray. She muses in rhetorical flourishes about the human condition. She offers little advice or analysis that I consider of practical use.

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...

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