Tim Harford

“He’s a genius at telling stories that illuminate our world” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Perhaps the best popular economics writer in the world” – The New Statesman

Tim Harford is a behavioural economist, BBC radio and TV presenter and award-winning Financial Times columnist. He offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence.

Tim has written seven books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 30 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series, More or Less, offers a genial smackdown of dubious statistics, while his BBC World Service radio series Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy was critical success and iTunes-topper. His new podcast, Cautionary Tales, has also broken into the top ten on iTunes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tim’s writing has won several prestigious awards, including the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018), Economics Commentator of the Year (2014), Society for Business Economists writing prize (2014) and the Royal Statistical Society prize for journalism (2015). He was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding” in the 2019 New Year honours.

Tim has also worked at Shell and the World Bank. He’s a member of Nuffield College, Oxford and the only journalist to be an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He has given numerous invited lectures, including at the Royal Economic Society, Google, the Bank of England, PopTech, the Sydney Opera House and three times at TED. His TED talks alone have been viewed nearly 10 million times.


In late 2019, Tim’s podcast, Cautionary Tales, broke into the charts with critically-acclaimed stories of fiasco and disaster – and the science behind avoiding catastrophe ourselves.

Tim’s eighth book, The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy, will be published in May 2020. It accompanies the BBC World Service / Radio 4 series.

Tim’s long-running series, More or Less, is about to move to the prestigious 9am / 9.30pm slot on Wednesdays, the same slot as Start The Week, In Our Time and Desert Island Discs.

Tim’s next “big idea” book, working title How To Make The World Add Up, is due for publication in the autumn. The book explains how to avoid spin and our own cognitive traps as we think clearly about the statistical claims all around us. Tim helps us not just to be wiser about the numbers, but to be wiser about ourselves.