Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, “The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind every day experiences, while he also writes op-eds, interviews and long feature articles for the FT.
Tim’s first book, “The Undercover Economist” has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. He is also the author of “The Logic of Life“, “Dear Undercover Economist“, “Adapt” and most recently “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back“.
As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, most famously “More or Less” and “Pop up Ideas” both on Radio 4.
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 was runner up in 2010.
He 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.
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.
As a leading conference speaker Tim’s speaking topics and titles include:
- Innovation and Experimentation:-
- Make More Mistakes.
- Ideas that Matter.
- Finance and the Economy:-
- Preventing financial meltdowns.
- The economic outlook – what the economists aren’t telling us.
- How to run or ruin an economy.
- Management and Business Strategy:-
- Do you believe in sharing – the corporate responsibility agenda.
- Management lessons from the war in Iraq.
- Big Data and Data Visualisation:-
- The Big Data trap.
- Misinformation is beautiful.
- After-Dinner Speech:-
- Trust me, I’m an economist.