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Tim Harford

World Renowned Behavioural Economist

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, “The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while he also writes op-eds, interviews and long feature articles for the FT. He is an evangelist for the power of economics, wisely used, and has spoken at TEDPopTech and Sydney Opera House.

Tim’s first book, “The Undercover Economist” has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide in 30 languages. He is also the author of  “The Logic of Life“,  “Dear Undercover Economist“, “Adapt“, “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back” and most recently, “Messy“.

As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, including “More or Less”, “Pop Up Ideas“, “Trust Me, I’m an Economist” and most recently “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy“. The Times of London recently rated both “More or Less” and “50 Things” among the world’s best 10 podcasts.

Tim was named Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, courtesy of the Comment Awards. He won the Rybczynski Prize 2014-15, which is awarded each year by the Society of Business Economists for the best business-relevant economics writing. Tim also won the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and 2016, and was runner up in 2010. More or Less has an outstanding record in The Royal Statistical Society’s “excellence in journalism” awards for broadcasting: runner up in 2011, 2012 and 2014, winning outright in 2010 and 2013. (Tim won for his own writing in 2015.) More or Less has also won awards from Mensa and HealthWatch. Tim was named one of the UK’s top 20 tweeters by The Independent, and was part of the BBC World Service team that won the AIB Radio Journalism award 2015.

Tim has appeared on the Colbert Report, Newsnight, Marketplace, Planet Money, PM, Today, The One Show and many other popular radio and TV programs. His writing has been published by the leading magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including Esquire, Forbes, Wired, New York Magazine, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Tim was the first Peter Martin Fellow at the Financial Times, and was a member of the Financial Times editorial board from 2006-2009. He previously worked for Shell and for the World Bank.

Tim Harford was a member of the Royal Economic Society council 2011-2017. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He lives in Oxford with his wife and three children.

"Economists have allowed themselves to walk into a trap where we say we can forecast, but no serious economist thinks we can." Tim

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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Change Management Lessons from the War in Iraq

Why Success Always Starts with Failure

"Trust me, I'm an Economist"

The Logic of Life

How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy World

He is a good presenter, knows how to tell stories and to capture the attention of the audience. He has good examples.


Tim pitched it exactly right - setting out a range of issues our organisation needs to think about when looking at green taxes.

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Tim was entertaining, thought provoking and highly relevant.

The Economics Net

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Richard Branson


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The Undercover Economist

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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

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ADAPT: Why Success Always Starts With Failure

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The Logic of Life

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Fifty Things that made the Modern Economy

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