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Tim Harford

Tim Harford
Born 1973 (age 42–43)[1]
Residence Oxford
Citizenship UK
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford[2]
Employer BBC
Financial Times
International Finance Corporation
Known for The Undercover Economist[3]
More or Less (radio programme)
Awards Bastiat Prize
Website .comTimHarford

Tim Harford (born 1973) is an English economist and journalist, residing in London.[4] He is the author of four economics books[3][5][6][7] and writes his long-running Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", which is syndicated in Slate magazine, revealing the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His new column, "Since you asked", offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards 3
  • Publications 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Harford was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and then at Brasenose College, Oxford, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)[2] and then a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics in 1998.[1]


Harford joined the Financial Times in 2003 on a fellowship in commemoration of the business columnist Peter Martin. He continued to write his column after joining the International Finance Corporation in 2004, and re-joined the Financial Times as economics leader writer in April 2006. He is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.

In August 2007, he presented a television series on the BBC entitled Trust me, I'm an economist.[8]

In October 2007, Harford replaced Andrew Dilnot on the BBC Radio 4 series More or Less. He is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.[9]



  • The Market for Aid (2005) with Michael Klein, ISBN 978-0-8213-6229-7
  • The Undercover Economist (2005), ISBN 978-0-345-49401-6
  • The Logic of Life (2008), ISBN 978-0-8129-7787-5
  • Dear Undercover Economist: Priceless Advice on Money, Work, Sex, Kids, and Life's Other Challenges (2009). New York, Random House. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8129-8010-3
  • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure (2011). New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-10096-4
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy (2014). Penguin Riverhead Books (USA). ISBN 978-1594631405


  1. ^ a b Harford, Tim (1998). Sequential auctions with financially constrained bidders (MPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  2. ^ a b Sale, Jonathan (3 August 2006). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Tim Harford, writer and economist". The Independent (London). 
  3. ^ a b Tim Harford (2007). The Undercover Economist. Little, Brown Book Group.  
  4. ^ Harford, Tim. "The random side of riots". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Tim Harford (2012). Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. Tim Harford. Abacus Software.  
  6. ^ Tim Harford; Klein, Michael (2005). The market for aid. Washington, D.C: International Finance Corporation.  
  7. ^ Tim Harford (2009). The Logic of Life: The Undercover Economist. London: Abacus.  
  8. ^ Oxlade, Andrew. "How to be economic with money". This is money. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mr Tim Harford, Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford". Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Royal Statistical Society awards Accessed 5 June 2010
  11. ^ More or Less Honoured Accessed 5 June 2010
  12. ^ Fifth Annual Bastiat Prize awarded jointly to Tim Harford and Jamie Whyte Accessed 5 June 2010

External links

  • Harford's column at the Financial Times with RSS Feed
  • He was a founder of PSD Blog – The World Bank Group's Private Sector Development Blog
  • All is fair in love and war and poker – details of the first episode of "Trust me, I'm an economist" (BBC)
  • More or Less BBC website
  • Columns at Slate
  • Blog at the FT, which began October 2007
  • Video (and audio) of interview of Tim Harford by Will Wilkinson on
  • Tim Harford at TED
    • "Trial, error and the God complex" (TEDGlobal 2011)
  • The Logic of LifeAn interview with Tim Harford about on The Marketplace of Ideas
  • AdaptAn interview with Tim Harford about on The Marketplace of Ideas
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