Timothy Douglas Harford
27 September 1973
|Education||Aylesbury Grammar School|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford|
|Employer(s)|| BBC |
International Finance Corporation
|Known for||"The Undercover Economist" |
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Timothy Douglas Harford(born 27 September 1973) is an English economic journalist who lives in Oxford.
Harford is the author of four economics booksand writes his long-running Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", syndicated in Slate magazine, which explores the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His column in the Financial Times , "Since You Asked", ran between 2011 and 2014 and offered a sceptical look at the news of the week.
Since October 2007 Harford has presented the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less. The series segments are also available as podcasts. Subsequently Harford launched his own podcast on the podcast production network Pushkin Industries, called Cautionary Tales.
Harford was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and then at Brasenose College, Oxford. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economicsand then a Master of Philosophy in Economics, in 1998. Harford said that he originally planned to drop economics when studying towards his undergraduate degree but that his Economics tutor Peter J. N. Sinclair convinced him otherwise.
He lives in Oxford with his wife Fran Monks, a photographer, and their three children.
Harford joined the Financial Times in 2003 on a fellowship in commemoration of business columnist Peter Martin. He continued to write his financial column after joining International Finance Corporation in 2004, and he rejoined the Financial Times as economics lead writer in April 2006. He is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
In August 2007, he presented a television series on the BBC, Trust Me, I'm an Economist.In October 2007, Harford replaced Andrew Dilnot on the BBC Radio 4 series More or Less . From November 2016, he presented an economic history documentary radio and podcast series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy. Since November 2019, he has been presenting the podcast series Cautionary Tales. On 13 November 2020 he started a new podcast series on COVID-19 Vaccination called How to Vaccinate the World.
Harford is managed by the agency Knight Ayton.
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