Tim Harford

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

Moneybox
May 17 2011 6:57 AMPositive Black SwansHow to fund research so that it generates insanely great ideas, not pretty good ones.
FT
Feb. 6 2011 7:15 AMBoard Gaming With Michael LewisThe author of The Big Short discusses his career over a game of Saint Petersburg.
FT
Jan. 16 2011 7:09 AMThree Mile Island, the Challenger Shuttle, and…Lehman Bros.?Industrial accidents and financial disasters have a lot in common.
Sports Nut
Jan. 29 2009 6:49 AMFlipping AwfulWhy the NFL should replace the overtime coin toss with an auction system.
The Undercover Economist
Dec. 13 2008 7:22 AMOn the Dole, but Not DolefulUnemployment benefits do encourage joblessness. But that may not be a bad thing.
The Undercover Economist
Nov. 15 2008 7:41 AMOnly the Good Buy YoungWhy 20-year-olds should invest way more in the stock market, and 50-year-olds, way less.
The Undercover Economist
Oct. 18 2008 6:15 AMThe Theory and Practice of BlackmailWhy it's so hard to get away with it.
The Undercover Economist
Sept. 20 2008 7:11 AMBurn Her!Why it's dangerous to be a witch in a recession.
The Undercover Economist
Aug. 23 2008 12:02 AMThe Fruits of Their LaborsAn amazing economics experiment and how it got field workers to pick a lot more strawberries.
The Undercover Economist
July 26 2008 7:25 AMBut My Neighbor Has a Cell Phone …Finally, a sensible way to measure poverty.
The Undercover Economist
June 28 2008 7:04 AMLikely BedfellowsHow much do Republican-leaning corporations benefit from Republican political success? A lot!
The Undercover Economist
May 31 2008 7:45 AMA Secret Tax on TeenagersYou get your rebate check today. Your kid pays the tax bill later.
The Undercover Economist
May 3 2008 7:33 AMIt's Like Money, but With No Dead PresidentsDo "local currencies" really help the communities that use them?
The Undercover Economist
April 12 2008 7:20 AMSteal This Book! Please! Why software and media companies should encourage piracy (sometimes).
The Undercover Economist
March 15 2008 7:09 AMSmallpox or Facebook?Which better explains how ideas move through society: diseases or social networks?
Moneybox
May 16 2011 6:50 AMThe Airplane That Saved the WorldWhat the RAF's World War II Spitfire can teach us about nurturing innovation and radical ideas.
FT
Jan. 30 2011 7:00 AMWhy We Do What We DoBehavioral economics under attack.
Recycled
Nov. 24 2009 4:49 PMSimple GivingC'mon, you can do better than a gift card.
The Undercover Economist
Dec. 27 2008 7:37 AMWhy Not Start Your Weekend on Wednesday?There's no need to preach the gospel of leisure. Most of us work less than our parents did.
The Undercover Economist
Nov. 29 2008 7:03 AMHoles in Our SocksWhy it's so hard to predict how bad the recession will be.
The Undercover Economist
Nov. 1 2008 7:55 AMMoney on the BrainWhat can "neuroeconomics" teach us about how we shop?
The Undercover Economist
Oct. 4 2008 7:50 AMBailouts Are Inevitable, Even DesirableStop complaining about the "moral hazard" problem and enjoy the rescue.
The Undercover Economist
Sept. 6 2008 7:01 AMWhy Houses Cost More in SummerAn economics mystery has finally been solved.
The Undercover Economist
Aug. 9 2008 6:44 AMThe Wisdom of Crowds?A single economic forecast is usually wrong. But groups of economic forecasts are often just as mistaken. Why?
The Undercover Economist
July 12 2008 7:27 AMThe World Needs More SpeculatorsStop demonizing the investors who are betting heavily on oil prices.
The Undercover Economist
June 14 2008 8:01 AMYou're Saving Enough for Retirement (Probably)Don't worry—you won't have to live on ramen and cat food.
The Undercover Economist
May 17 2008 6:55 AMThe $20 PackWhy smokers are happier when cigarettes cost more.
The Undercover Economist
April 19 2008 12:11 AMWhat Is "Income per Natural"?How a new way to count national income could change how we think about immigration and development.
The Undercover Economist
March 29 2008 7:05 AMThe Price Is RightDoes evolution explain why we hate to pay more for scarce goods?
The Undercover Economist
March 1 2008 7:17 AMMoney That Lasts ForeverWhy are we so scared of annuities?

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