Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and is emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University, Viadrina University, and the Free University of Berlin. He blogs on national and international economic topics at and

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. Gregory’s economics papers have been published in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic History, and the Journal of Comparative Economics.  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), which won the Hewett Prize. He edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008), Behind the Façade of Stalin's Command Economy (Hoover, 2001), and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (Hoover, 2003). The work of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.

Gregory has also published The Global Economy and Its Economic Systems (Cengage, 2013) and is working with director Marianna Yarovskaya on a film documentary entitled Women of the Gulag.

Gregory also served on the editorial board of the seven-volume Gulag documentary series entitled The History of the Stalin Gulag, published jointly by the Hoover Institution and the Russian Archival Service. He also serves or has served on the editorial boards of Comparative Economic Studies, Slavic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Explorations in Economic History.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Analysis and Commentary

International Criminal Court: Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine Is A 'Crime,' Not A Civil War

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, November 20, 2016

On November 14, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its preliminary findings that “there exists a sensible or reasonable justification for a belief that a crime [my italics] falling within the jurisdiction of the Court ‘has been or is being committed’” within the Crimean and Donbas territories of Ukraine.

Analysis and Commentary

An Unbeholden President Trump Takes The Measure Of Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, November 13, 2016

For the first time in years, we have a President who is not beholden—a President who can ignore special interests and do what he believes is for the good of the country. With both houses of Congress, he will enjoy considerable power, but that power will be subject to the ingenious checks and balances of the Constitution. 

Hillary Clinton's Corrupt Dealings Have Given Putin A Massive Propaganda Victory

by Paul R. Gregory
Monday, November 7, 2016

Putin’s propagandists are waiting for the election results, as are American voters, to tell them whether Americans are turned off by Washington DC, Inc. or will follow Clinton’s misdirection – the oldest trick in the magician’s bag.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Was The Media When The Clinton Email Scandal Broke Three Years Ago?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, November 4, 2016

The mainstream media ignore the fact that, as of March 2013, we knew that a trusted Clinton aide was sending “sensitive” emails to her private email account and that they were subsequently hacked. We knew that the mainstream media ignored this blockbuster although the hacker purported he had been sent them copies of the hacked emails.

Analysis and Commentary

The New York Times: No Longer Troubled By Clinton’s Big-Time Russian Connections

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Daily Caller (DC)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Clinton campaign, stung by the resumption of the FBI email probe, has returned to Donald Trump’s taxes and his alleged Russian connections. They ask indignantly: Do voters not know that a former Trump campaign manager consulted for Ukraine’s ousted president and that another attended an ill-timed meeting in the Kremlin.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Historians Must Use Wikileaks To Write The History Of The 2016 Election

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wikileaks is playing a prominent, if under reported, role, in the 2016 American presidential election. Few understand the importance of Wikileaks in the eventual writing of the history of presidential politics.

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The Walking Dead

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

Continually revived by unprincipled—or ignorant—US politicians, socialism is a zombie idea. 

Analysis and Commentary

Americans Have Lost Trust In Government For Good Reason

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Real Clear Policy
Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s “The system is rigged” resonates because it reflects what ordinary people think. According to Gallup, only three institutions — the military, small business, and the police — are trusted by more than half. 

Analysis and Commentary

Clinton’s E-mails: The Gift That Keeps On Giving To Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia National Review
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An openly corrupt and weakened President Clinton may be exactly what Putin wants.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Lets Putin Get Away With Anything Except Attacking Democrats

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Here is what the Democratic establishment seems to think: This time Vladimir Putin has gone too far. He has dared to publish secrets from the Democratic Party’s inner sanctum that are designed to put a Republican in the White House. Judging from the administration’s swift reaction, Obama thinks that Putin’s affront is worse than all others. It cannot go unrecognized and unpunished.