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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Mafia in Pinstripe: The Real GE Scandal

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 15, 2011

The transition from street thug to state mafia took a decade in Russia. I was an eyewitness to the Russian process: In 1992, I saw businesses being shaken down by bullies in jogging suits and shaved heads.

NYT Media Bias: A Blatantly Misleading Headline

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I was taught in junior high journalism that headlines are guides to the content of the article. If the reader skips the article, the headline constitutes the information that the reader takes away. The headline should strive to honestly capture what the article is about.

The Infrastructure Fetish and China’s Superiority

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 11, 2011

Infrastructure is the new rallying cry of those who want a bigger state. The argument appears compelling. We have suddenly had our “Sputnik moment” – the realization that our infrastructure is second rate.

Analysis and Commentary

The Infrastructure Fetish and China’s Superiority

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Monday, April 11, 2011

It is a mistake to judge economic performance by glittery infrastructure projects...

Analysis and Commentary

If You Do Not Understand the Economics of Health Care – Read These Few Lines

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Simple economic analysis provides a tried-and-true guide for those who really want to understand the debate. Economics suggests the following points...

Qadaffi’s Defection Math: A Different View

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 4, 2011

Qadaffi is an experienced despot; otherwise he would not have held office for forty years. He knows how to calculate the best ways to stay in power.

By my count, Qadaffi can be defeated in four ways:

Analysis and Commentary

Qadaffi’s Defection Math: A Different View

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, April 3, 2011

Qadaffi is an experienced despot; otherwise he would not have held office for forty years. He knows how to calculate the best ways to stay in power. By my count, Qadaffi can be defeated in four ways...

Analysis and Commentary

The Founding Documents of Economic Freedom

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, April 1, 2011

In revising my Comparing Economic Systems in the 21st Century, I was struck by the relevance of the writings of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith to our current political-economic debates...

NYT Expose: But GE is Doing Exactly What is Expected of Them

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 28, 2011

President Obama’s appointment of GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt as his job czar signaled his “move to the center.” The pro-business President declared a “government-business partnership” to create jobs, green technology, and other good things.

Analysis and Commentary

More on BP in Russia: Predicted Final Score: Russia ¾, BP ¼

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday and Saturday’s papers brought more news of BP’s travails in Russia,...[and] BP’s chances do not look good...

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