Biography

Brief biography

Tim is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, “Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less” and the iTunes-topping series “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Awards
Science and Data Commentator of the Year 2018
Winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism 2016
Winner of the Royal Statistical Society journalistic excellence award 2015
Winner of the Society of Professional Economists writing prize (Rybczynski prize) 2014-15
Economics Commentator of the Year 2014
Winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism 2006

In 2018 “Fifty Things” was nominated for a Webby award while “More or Less” won “best radio news and current affairs programme” from the Voice of the Viewer and Listener.
“More or Less” has repeatedly been recognised for journalistic excellence by the Royal Statistical society, winning in 2010 and 2013, with special commendations in 2011, 2012, 2014. Tim also presented a World Service program that won the AIB Radio Journalism award 2015.

 

Longer biography

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“, “Messy” and most recently “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy“.

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

Tim Harford portrait