Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist. His latest book, The Logic of Life, will be published in paperback on Feb. 10.

The Undercover Economist
Jan. 27 2007 7:22 AMWhy the Stock Market Rises in January …And why it shouldn't.
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Dec. 23 2006 7:16 AMWe're Watching You, SlackerDo hardworking employees make their lazy colleagues more productive?
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Nov. 25 2006 5:49 AMI Want It Now!The curious economics of temptation.
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Oct. 28 2006 7:16 AMEST. CST. MST. PST. NOT!Would the United States be better off with only one time zone?
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Sept. 30 2006 8:03 AMWhen Moms Work, Kids Get FatAn incendiary new explanation for childhood obesity.
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Sept. 2 2006 8:21 AMA Cock-and-Bull StoryExplaining the huge rise in teen oral sex.
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Aug. 3 2006 5:57 PMHezbollah and the Prisoner's DilemmaCan game theory solve the Israel-Lebanon war?
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July 8 2006 7:10 AMThe Case of the Unpaid Parking TicketWhy some people cheat, and others don't.
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June 10 2006 9:05 AMBuy! Buy! Buy! Sell! Sell! Sell!The rational explanation for stock market frenzies and crashes.
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May 13 2006 2:39 AMRisky BusinessShould you ever buy rental car insurance?
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April 15 2006 7:33 AMConfusion PricingWhy cell-phone plans are so hard to understand.
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March 18 2006 8:16 AMFire Grandpa! Hire Junior!Why older workers are paid way too much, and younger workers way too little.
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Feb. 18 2006 2:27 AMI Do, I Do, I Do, I DoThe economic case for polygamy.
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Jan. 21 2006 8:38 AMThe Mystery of the Rude WaiterWhy my favorite restaurant employs such a churlish lout.
Everyday Economics
Dec. 21 2005 1:24 PMXbox Economics, Part 2More reasons Microsoft isn't charging enough for the season's hot game console.
The Undercover Economist
Jan. 13 2007 6:52 AMUrinalysisWhat potty training reveals about excessive executive salaries.
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Dec. 9 2006 1:32 AMThe Not-So-Dismal ScienceHow economists measure whether you're happy.
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Nov. 11 2006 10:45 AMMy Boss Is 65 and PregnantHow fertility advances could allow women to take over the boardroom.
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Oct. 14 2006 7:11 AMCharity Is SelfishThe economic case against philanthropy.
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Sept. 16 2006 7:51 AMA Marriage of ConvenienceHow matrimony is alarmingly like coal mining.
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Aug. 19 2006 6:15 AMThe Preservation ParadoxWhy conservation laws can kill the animals they're supposed to protect.
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July 22 2006 9:37 AMThe Chocolate WarCan schools successfully ban candy? An economist doubts it.
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June 24 2006 8:17 AMWorld Cup Game TheoryWhat economics tells us about penalty kicks.
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May 27 2006 8:10 AMThe $10,000 Light Bulb …Or, why it's so hard to measure inflation.
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April 29 2006 8:17 AMIf Life Gives You Lemons …Why you can never buy a decent used car.
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April 1 2006 11:07 AMThere's Not Enough Money in PoliticsLobbyists spend $2 billion a year to influence Congress. Why so little?
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March 4 2006 7:31 AMWhy New Orleans Won't RecoverAn economic explanation based on the Chicago Fire, the Kobe earthquake, and my CD collection.
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Feb. 4 2006 8:25 AMWho's the Greatest Artist of the 20th Century?This economist has figured out the answer.
Everyday Economics
Jan. 6 2006 6:28 AMStarbucks EconomicsSolving the mystery of the elusive "short" cappuccino.
Everyday Economics
Dec. 15 2005 6:09 PMThe Great Xbox Shortage of 2005Why you can't buy the one present you really need.




The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Right of Free Speech
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.