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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Is the Press Causing More Damage than the Japanese Nuclear Accident Itself?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 17, 2011

I have no scientific expertise on nuclear power plants. I followed closely at the time the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and listened to accounts of a Russian nuclear scientist-friend who worked on the damaged roof of the Chernobyl plant the day after the explosion.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Takes an Electoral Shellacking and No One Notices

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Russia’s regional and municipal elections on Sunday resulted in a shellacking of Putin’s United Russia that few noticed...

The Economic Costs of Natural Catastrophes: History’s Lesson for Japan

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 14, 2011

The earthquake that struck Northern Japan on Friday is a human disaster of frightening dimensions. Early estimates place the loss of human life at ten thousand, but such a figure will regrettably prove a gross underestimate.

Analysis and Commentary

The Economic Costs of Natural Catastrophes: History’s Lesson for Japan

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Monday, March 14, 2011

If history is a guide, the March 2011 earthquake will not have a large effect on Japan’s GDP. There is no denying it could not have come at a worse time for the Japanese economy...

Let’s Face It, Gaddafi Has Won

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, March 11, 2011

As the Western powers dither and deliberate, Kadaffi has won. He will stay in power even if we establish no-fly zones or sanctions with large teeth. Short of actual invasion, Kadaffi will stay in power and will likely pass his power on to his sons when he dies.

Analysis and Commentary

Let’s Face It. Gaddafi Has Won

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, March 11, 2011

As the Western powers dither and deliberate, Gaddafi has won. He will stay in power even if we establish no-fly zones or impose sanctions with sharp teeth...

Analysis and Commentary

BP’s New Russian Nightmare? Imagined Conversations

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, March 4, 2011

Even if these conversations never took place, they will be imagined by Western parties who know that the worst can happen to them in Russia...

Analysis and Commentary

How To Distort Polls: The NYT/CBS Poll on Public Sector Workers

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

These poll results are so out of line with conventional thinking that they require careful scrutiny. My own (admittedly non-expert) examination raises three red flags...

How to Distort Polls: The NYT/CBS Poll on Public Sector Workers

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The big surprises of yesterday’s NYT/CBS national poll on public sector unions were that 61 percent of adult Americans think that public employee salaries and benefits are “too low” or “about right,” 56 percent oppose cutting public employee salaries and benefits to reduce sta

Analysis and Commentary

Kaddafi and His Ilk Are Not Crazy: Are Dictators Predictable?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, February 28, 2011

As Kaddafi machine guns demonstrators, we are told these are acts of an insane man...

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