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

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

As Kaddafi machine guns demonstrators, we are told these are acts of an insane man. We must be careful what we say or do because the criminally insane are erratic and unpredictable. Using such logic, the U.S. was among the last to call for his ouster.

Analysis and Commentary

Can We Stop the March To Fifty Percent? Facts on Why the Tea Party Is Right to be Alarmed

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Saturday, February 26, 2011

The European welfare state is a boogeyman for conservatives and a panacea for the left...

Can We Stop the March To Fifty Percent? Facts on Why the Tea Party Is Right to be Alarmed

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, February 26, 2011

The European welfare state is a boogeyman for conservatives and a panacea for the left. It is defined differently by different people, but it has distinctive features on which most agree:

The Good News That No One Is Telling About Iraq

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A map of the Middle East shows two countries untouched by uprisings against the established regime: Israel and Iraq. (another exception is Turkey, an Islamic country but not in the Middle East). Israel is no surprise. It is a democracy.

Analysis and Commentary

The Good News That No One Is Telling About Iraq

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The fact that Iraq has been spared a general popular uprising is proof that it has arrived as a democracy...

Hayek's Gloomy Prognosis for Egypt

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, February 21, 2011

F.A. Hayek’s most important insight is that we cannot have political freedom without economic freedom.

Analysis and Commentary

Hayek’s Gloomy Prognosis for Egypt

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Those caught up in the euphoria of democratic street demonstrations must confront the reality that the long-run outcome is likely to be bad...

Analysis and Commentary

Truths of Putin’s Justice: A Courageous Women, the Internet, and More on Khodorkovsky

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, February 18, 2011

At a much higher level, the Khodorkovsky verdict is having uncomfortable ramifications...

Analysis and Commentary

The Khodorkovsky Trial, a Courageous Woman, and the Smoking Gun

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

Every now and then, acts of courage by ordinary citizens have big consequences...

The Khodorovsky Trial, a Courageous Woman, and the Smoking Gun

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Every now and then, acts of courage by ordinary citizens have big consequences. I still recall vividly (after twenty five years), the courageous women who demonstratively refused to count ballots stuffed for Fernando Marcos. The Marcos regime fell shortly thereafter.

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