Is Austerity to Blame for Europe's Economic Woes? Veronique de Rugy, Nick Gillespie, and Jim Epstein | 6.24.2012 10:30 AM . Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D., is a contributing editor at Reason. She is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Nick Gillespie is an editor at large at Reason. Jim Epstein is the executive editor of Reason TV and Reason's podcasts.