Gene Epstein, an economist of the Austrian School--and by political persuasion a libertarian--joined Barron’s in February 1992 as Commodities Editor. The following year, he became the weekly’s first Economics Editor and the first to write the column, “Economic Beat”-- his responsibility to this day. In October 2010, he also became the Barron's Book Review Editor.
Before joining Barron’s, Epstein did a 13-year stint at the New York Stock Exchange, mainly as a senior economist. He has taught economics at the City University of New York and St. John’s University and holds an M.A. in the subject from the New School and a B.A. in history from Brandeis University.
Epstein’s book, ECONOSPINNING: How to Read between the Lines when the Media Manipulate the Numbers, was published by John Wiley in August 2006.