Tim Harford

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

May 17 2011 6:57 AMPositive Black SwansHow to fund research so that it generates insanely great ideas, not pretty good ones.
Feb. 6 2011 7:15 AMBoard Gaming With Michael LewisThe author of The Big Short discusses his career over a game of Saint Petersburg.
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.
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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.
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Oct. 18 2008 6:15 AMThe Theory and Practice of BlackmailWhy it's so hard to get away with it.
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Sept. 20 2008 7:11 AMBurn Her!Why it's dangerous to be a witch in a recession.
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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.
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July 26 2008 7:25 AMBut My Neighbor Has a Cell Phone …Finally, a sensible way to measure poverty.
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June 28 2008 7:04 AMLikely BedfellowsHow much do Republican-leaning corporations benefit from Republican political success? A lot!
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May 31 2008 7:45 AMA Secret Tax on TeenagersYou get your rebate check today. Your kid pays the tax bill later.
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May 3 2008 7:33 AMIt's Like Money, but With No Dead PresidentsDo "local currencies" really help the communities that use them?
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April 12 2008 7:20 AMSteal This Book! Please! Why software and media companies should encourage piracy (sometimes).
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March 15 2008 7:09 AMSmallpox or Facebook?Which better explains how ideas move through society: diseases or social networks?
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.
Jan. 30 2011 7:00 AMWhy We Do What We DoBehavioral economics under attack.
Nov. 24 2009 4:49 PMSimple GivingC'mon, you can do better than a gift card.
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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.
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Nov. 29 2008 7:03 AMHoles in Our SocksWhy it's so hard to predict how bad the recession will be.
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Nov. 1 2008 7:55 AMMoney on the BrainWhat can "neuroeconomics" teach us about how we shop?
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Oct. 4 2008 7:50 AMBailouts Are Inevitable, Even DesirableStop complaining about the "moral hazard" problem and enjoy the rescue.
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Sept. 6 2008 7:01 AMWhy Houses Cost More in SummerAn economics mystery has finally been solved.
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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?
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July 12 2008 7:27 AMThe World Needs More SpeculatorsStop demonizing the investors who are betting heavily on oil prices.
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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.
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May 17 2008 6:55 AMThe $20 PackWhy smokers are happier when cigarettes cost more.
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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.
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March 29 2008 7:05 AMThe Price Is RightDoes evolution explain why we hate to pay more for scarce goods?
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March 1 2008 7:17 AMMoney That Lasts ForeverWhy are we so scared of annuities?




Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.