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Tim Harford : biography

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Tim Harford (born 1973) is an English economist and journalist, residing in London. He is the author of four economics books and writes his long-running Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", which is syndicated in Slate magazine, revealing the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His new column, "Since You Asked," offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.


Harford was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and then at Brasenose College, Oxford, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and then an Master of Philosophy degree in Economics in 1998.


  • More or Less won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism Accessed June 5, 2010
  • More or Less won Mensa's award for promoting intelligence in public life Accessed June 5, 2010
  • Harford was awarded the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2007 (shared with Jamie Whyte) Accessed June 5, 2010 In 2010 he again drew with Whyte, in second place.


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 re-joined the Financial Times as economics leader writer in April 2006. He is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.

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.

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