Tim Harford The Undercover Economist


My favourite video clips. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel.


How to give a TED talk in a hurry

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

4th of May, 2016VideoComments off

My TED talk on how distractions make us more creative

11th of January, 2016HighlightsSpeechesVideoComments off

How to See into the Future

9th of December, 2015SpeechesVideoComments off

The secrets of superforecasting

Newsnight videos aren’t embeddable, it seems, but you may enjoy this four minutes of fun, in which I discuss the latest research on how to see into the future.

I discuss the research in much more detail in my FT article, “How to See Into the Future” – no paywall, so enjoy.

8th of September, 2014VideoComments off

In which I take the ice-bucket challenge the nerdy way…

On “More or Less” this week we discuss the ice bucket challenge: are viral memes a good way to get people giving to charity, or does it make us careless about what the charities are doing with the money? Is it possible to use data to identify the very best charity in the world? Listen on bbc.co.uk/moreorless.

You can donate to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative here: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/schisto



I’d just like to clarify that I an not sitting on the loo – it’s a shower with a seat. Oh, why am I even bothering to try to maintain my dignity?

5th of September, 2014VideoComments off

“An evening with Tim Harford”

…sounds like the world’s worst date, but in fact I’ll be talking about my book “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back”, which I hope will be a lot more fun.

It’s on 24 April, 6.30pm in central London – full details here.

Prospect Magazine is organising and I am afraid there is a ticket price, but it’s a small venue and there will be drinks laid on. Come along if you like that sort of thing!

If you don’t fancy paying money, here’s a FREE video of me speaking about “How to Prevent Financial Meltdowns”.

10th of April, 2014MarginaliaSpeechesVideoComments off

How a prison camp recession explains the economy

For more about these ideas, why not buy my new book?

13th of March, 2014VideoComments off

Here is a talk I gave on data visualisation

I gave this talk at the University of Cambridge on 22 May, as part of the International Year of Statistics, and I am introduced by the wonderful Professor David Spiegelhalter.

Enjoy! http://view6.workcast.net/?pak=8615439470431294


A simple way to make a great cup of coffee

This is a public service announcement.


“You’ve never had it so good” – my brief history of British living standards

Get Adobe Flash player



  • 1 Twitter
  • 2 Flickr
  • 3 RSS
  • 4 YouTube
  • 5 Podcasts
  • 6 Facebook


  • Messy
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back
  • Adapt
  • Dear Undercover Economist
  • The Logic of Life
  • The Undercover Economist

Tim’s Tweets

Search by Keyword

Free Email Updates

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new articles by email (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Join 3,015 other subscribers

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!