Tim Harford

Tim Harford

Tim Harford aka “the Undercover Economist”, is a popular Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster, the author of more than 10 economic books and host the thought-provoking podcast Cautionary Tales.

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Tim Harford is the brilliant mind behind the Financial Times column, The Undercover Economist. He masterfully unveils the economic principles at play in our everyday lives. With a voice that has resonated on stages from TED to the Sydney Opera House, Harford's TED Talk, A Powerful Way to Unleash Your Natural Creativity, has captivated over 5.6 million viewers.

His seminal book, The Undercover Economist, sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide and was published in 30 different languages. Harford's literary repertoire extends to bestsellers like Messy, Adapt, and How To Make The World Add Up. Beyond the page, he’s a familiar voice and face on the BBC as the host of More or Less and 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, both heralded among the world's top podcasts by The Times. Tim Harford's latest podcast, Cautionary Tales, brings stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, and hilarious fiascos that delight, scare but also enlightens its listeners.

Harford's insightful commentary has graced prestigious publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, and Forbes. He has also made notable appearances on platforms like the Colbert Report and Planet Money. An OBE honouree for his services to economic understanding, Harford has been celebrated with numerous accolades, including the Wincott Journalist of the Year and the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism. He holds honorary positions with the Royal Statistical Society and Nuffield College, Oxford.

As a keynote speaker, Tim Harford expertly navigates topics such as the hidden economics behind everyday items like coffee prices to complex systems like US healthcare. He delves into how economic principles can help us cope with daily struggles, the role of popular economics in a politicised world, and the puzzling polarisation of issues like Brexit etc. Known for his engaging style, Harford offers a provocative and lively exploration of the increasingly important world of macroeconomics.


The Data Detective

Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

How to Make the World Add Up

Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers

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