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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North Korea Provocations: Completely Predictable

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that North Korea remains predictable in its unpredictability.

Analysis and Commentary

North Korea Provocations: Completely Predictable

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that North Korea remains predictable in its unpredictability. Mullen’s view is incorrect...

Where is the outrage?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 8, 2010

On October 25, 2003, Russia’s path to a totalitarian kleptocracy was cemented with the arrest of Russia’s wealthiest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, at Novosibirsk Airport.

Why are the Chinese so afraid of Liu Xia bao?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

By Yuri Yarim-Agaev and Paul Gregory

Analysis and Commentary

Why are the Chinese so afraid of [Liu Xiaobo]?

by Paul R. Gregory, Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, October 15, 2010

China is the world’s fastest growing economy. It is now second only to the United States in GDP...Yet China is throwing a temper tantrum unworthy of a great country over the Nobel Committee’s decision to award its 2010 peace prize to [Liu Xiaobo]...

Analysis and Commentary

Comment on Michael Warren: Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Michael Warren in his article “Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower” concludes that Germany’s practice of Kurzarbeit (“short work”) is a primary factor behind Germany’s shrinking unemployment rate...

Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Michael Warren in his article “Why Germany’s Unemployment Rate is Lower” concludes that Germany’s practice of Kurzarbeit (“short work”) is a primary factor behind Germany’s shrinking unemployment rate.

Successions in Moscow, Pyongyang and Caracas

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It has been a remarkable three days. In Moscow, Russia’s third most important political figure, Yury Luzhokv, the long-serving mayor of Moscow, was unceremoniously sacked. In Pyong-Yang, the son of Kim Jong-Il was named a major general.

Do We Need a New Economics 101?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

As we began to write our Principles of Economics text (Roy Ruffin and Paul Gregory, Principles of Economics) exactly thirty years ago, economics was in disarray, shaken by the stagflation that was not supposed to be.

General Motors “Profit”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, August 19, 2010

We are being told that the turnaround in General Motors profit is a remarkable success for its management and for its majority shareholders (the US and Canadian governments), who now hold about seventy percent of its stock.

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