Tim Harford

Tim Harford (born 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 , welke reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences . His new column, “Since you Asked”, offering a Sceptical look at the news of the week.


Harford was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and dan 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 have Rejoined the Financial Times , as economics leader writer, in April 2006. He is ook 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]


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


  • 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
  • Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives (2016). Riverhead Books. ISBN 978-1594634796


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Harford, Tim (1998). Sequential auctions with Financially constrained prayers (MPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Sale, Jonathan (3 August 2006). “Passed / Failed: An education in the life of Tim Harford, writer and economist” . The Independent . London.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b Tim Harford (2007). The Undercover Economist . Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN  0-349-11985-6 .
  4. Jump up^ Harford, Tim. “The random side or riots” . Retrieved 4 August 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ Tim Harford (2012). Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. Tim Harford . Abacus Software. ISBN  0-349-12151-6 .
  6. Jump up^ Tim Harford; Klein, Michael (2005). The market for aid . Washington, DC: International Finance Corporation. ISBN  0-8213-6228-3 .
  7. Jump up^ Tim Harford (2009). The Logic of Life: The Undercover Economist . London: Abacus. ISBN  0-349-12041-2 .
  8. Jump up^ Oxlade Andrew. “How to be economic with money” . This is money . Retrieved 12 February 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ “Mr. Tim Harford, Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford” . Archived from the original on 1 May 2013.
  10. Jump up^ Royal Statistical Society awardsAccessed 5 June 2010
  11. Jump up^ More or Less honoredAccessed 5 June 2010
  12. Jump up^ Fifth Annual Bastiat Prize Awarded Jointly to Tim Harford and Jamie WhyteAccessed 5 June 2010