Tim Harford (born 27 September 1973) is an English economist and journalist who lives in London.He is the author of four economics books and writes his longrunning Financial Times column, "The Undercover Economist", syndicated in Slatemagazine, which reveals 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. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and later a Master of Philosophy in economics, in 1998.
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 he rejoined the Financial Times, as economics leader writer, in April 2006. He is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
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. He is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
From November 2016 he presented an economic history documentary radio and podcast series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy.