Gene Epstein is an American economics editor. He writes the column "Economic Beat" at Barron's Magazine. He calls himself a follower of the Austrian School and is an associated scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.
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 and later worked as a senior economist for the New York Stock Exchange. In 1993 he became economics editor and columnist of "Economic Beat" for Barron's Magazine. His book, Econospinning was published in 2006. When the book was published, there was controversy in the blogosphere after Tyler Cowen mentioned the book in his blog Marginal Revolution.