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Citizenship  UK
Awards  Bastiat Prize
Residence  Oxford, United Kingdom
Role  Economist
Name  Tim Harford

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Alma mater  Brasenose College, Oxford
Employer  BBC Financial Times International Finance Corporation
Education  University of Oxford, Brasenose College, Oxford, Aylesbury Grammar School
Known for  The Undercover Economist, More or Less
People also search for  Sandra Burman, Lionel Barber, Andrew Jack
Books  The Undercover Economist, Adapt: Why Success Always St, The Logic of Life, The Undercover Economis, Dear Undercover Economis

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Tim Harford (born 27 September 1973) is an English economist and journalist who lives in London. He is the author of four economics books 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.


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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 and later a Master of Philosophy in economics, in 1998.


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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.

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

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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.

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. In 2017 Harford was made an Honorary Fellow of the society.
  • More or Less won Mensa's award for promoting intelligence in public life.
  • Harford was awarded the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2007 (shared with Jamie Whyte). In 2010 he again drew with Whyte, in second place.
  • Publications

  • 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
  • Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy (2017). Little, Brown. ISBN 978-1408709115
  • References

    Tim Harford Wikipedia