Tim Harford

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Tim Harford
Tim Harford in 2012.jpg
Born 1973 (age 43–44)[1]
Citizenship United Kingdom
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford[2]
Known for "The Undercover Economist"[3]
More or Less
Awards Bastiat Prize
Website TimHarford.com

Tim Harford (born 27 September 1973) is an English economist and journalist who lives in London.[4] He is the author of four economics books[3][5][6][7] and writes his longrunning Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", syndicated in Slate magazine, which reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His new column, "Since you asked", offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.


Harford was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and then at Brasenose College, Oxford. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics [2] and later a Master of Philosophy 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 he rejoined 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, 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]

From November 2016 he presented an economic history documentary radio and podcast series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy


  • More or Less won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism.[10] In 2017 Harford was made an Honorary Fellow of the society.[11]
  • More or Less won Mensa's award for promoting intelligence in public life.[12]
  • Harford was awarded the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2007 (shared with Jamie Whyte).[13] In 2010 he again drew with Whyte, in second place.



  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. ISBN 0-349-11985-6. 
  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. ISBN 0-349-12151-6. 
  6. ^ Tim Harford; Klein, Michael (2005). The market for aid. Washington, D.C: International Finance Corporation. ISBN 0-8213-6228-3. 
  7. ^ Tim Harford (2009). The Logic of Life: The Undercover Economist. London: Abacus. ISBN 0-349-12041-2. 
  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. ^ "RSS announces honours for 2017". News. Royal Statistical Society. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  12. ^ More or Less Honoured Accessed 5 June 2010
  13. ^ Fifth Annual Bastiat Prize awarded jointly to Tim Harford and Jamie Whyte Accessed 5 June 2010

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