Paul R. Gregory

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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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Straight Talk: Why Would a Dictator “Reform?”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Our pleas for them to become “democrats” will go unheeded. From their perspective, this is very bad advice...

Analysis and Commentary

Kleptocrats, Oligarchs, and Billionaire Entrepreneurs (In this Game Mubarak Is a Piker)

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, February 13, 2011

In countries with poor institution, wealth is accumulated either by the head of state or by his cronies by transferring assets from others or from society itself...

Obama Does Not Understand Business

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, February 7, 2011

As a teacher of comparative economics and textbook author on the subject, I cannot refrain from commenting on President Obama’s unfortunate lack of understanding of business.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Does Not Understand Business

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, February 6, 2011

As a teacher of comparative economics and textbook author on the subject, I cannot refrain from commenting on President Obama’s unfortunate lack of understanding of business...

An Egyptian Power Struggle: Why the Worst Will Win (Lesson’s from Lenin’s Playbook)

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The media has again begun its celebration. Another repressive dictator has been overthrown (or is about to be). The people are massed in the streets demanding freedom. Talk turns to a successor who will restore order and create a new and better order.

Analysis and Commentary

An Egyptian Power Struggle: Why the Worst Will Win (Lesson’s from Lenin’s Playbook)

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Monday, January 31, 2011

The hard reality is that this optimistic scenario rarely works out. A worse (or equally bad) dictator rises to the top, not a democracy or even a more benevolent dictator...

Russia Needs Our Money Now, But For How Long? Medvedev in Davos

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dimity Medvedev’s Davos charm offensive was cut short by the suicide bombing at Domodedova airport. He could not afford to be seen mingling with “Davos Men” as victims of the tragedy lay dying.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia Needs Our Money Now, But For How Long? Medvedev in Davos

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How Western investors accept the Medvedev-Putin invitation is yet another test for world capital markets...

Wikileaks, Gazprom, the Putin Wealth Tax, and the Chinese Counter Example

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Buried in the Wikileaks releases is an account of a rare meeting of Moscow Embassy officials in September of 2008 with the reclusive management of Russia’s largest company, Gazprom.

BP, Putin, and Russian Oil: Will They Never Learn?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Robert Dudley, CEO of British Petroleum, and Igor Sechin, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and board chairman of Rosneft, announced a new mega-deal between BP and the state owned Russian oil company.

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