Gene Epstein

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Epstein in 2016

Gene Epstein (born 1944) is an American economist. He worked as the economics editor of Barron's Magazine from 1993 to 2017.[1] He calls himself a follower of the Austrian School of economics[2] and is an associated scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.[3]


Epstein earned a BA from Brandeis University and an MA in economics from the New School. He taught economics at St. John’s University and the City University of New York. He wrote a book called Making Money in Commodities in 1976[4] and later worked as a senior economist for the New York Stock Exchange.[citation needed]

In 1993 he became economics editor and columnist of "Economic Beat" for Barron's Magazine.

His book, Econospinning was published in 2006.[5] When the book was published, there was controversy in the blogosphere after Tyler Cowen mentioned the book in his blog Marginal Revolution.[6]

He runs a monthly libertarian debate called the SOHO Forum.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gene Epstein". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ Epstein: I noticed a book called Man, Economy, and State by Murray Rothbard in the library of the New School. I browsed through it briefly, then bought it. I read it and began to get excited about economic science, realizing that I was an Austrian. The Austrian Economics Newsletter (Summer 2000). "Austrian Watchdog at Barron's: An Interview with Gene Epstein", Volume 20, Number 2
  3. ^ "Senior Fellows, Faculty Members, and Staff."
  4. ^ ISBN 978-0275226206
  5. ^ Authorities, Leading. "Gene Epstein - Keynote Speakers | LAI". LAI. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ "Econospinning - Marginal REVOLUTION". Marginal REVOLUTION. 2006-08-09. Retrieved 2018-03-21.

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