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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Analysis and Commentary

Although Nothing Happened at Cuba’s Party Congress, Something Actually Did

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Despite speculation of major changes, none were visible at Cuba’s first party congress in sixteen years...

Analysis and Commentary

The Interest Charge for Chinese Entrepreneurs: Capital Punishment

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wu Ying, a 29 year-old Chinese female entrepreneur, faces the death penalty for “illegal fund raising.” Her crime: raising and pooling funds outside of the official lending system...

Analysis and Commentary

The Wrong and Dangerous Narrative of Chinese Growth

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The worst time to draw conclusions about the superiority of one economic and political system over another is at the end of an economic downturn...

The Wrong and Dangerous Narrative of Chinese Growth

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The following quotations capture what is coming to be called the “Beijing Consensus,” namely the superiority of the Chinese model:

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The NYT Lets the Cat Out of the Bag: Reduce the Deficit By Raising Taxes on the Middle-Class Without Doing Anything

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 18, 2011

Picture the five year-old who blurts out at a family gathering: “Grandpa has bad breath.” Grandpa may indeed have bad breath, but this is not something said in polite company.

Analysis and Commentary

The NYT Passed on the Tea Party; Now Its Passing on Atlas Shrugged

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, April 18, 2011

One pleasure in reading the New York Times is its movie reviews...

Analysis and Commentary

Mafia in Pinstripe: The Real GE Scandal

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Friday, April 15, 2011

The transition from street thug to state mafia took a decade in Russia...

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.

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