Tim Harford's new Radio 4 series Pop-Up Economics tells stories about fascinating people and ideas in Among the stories he tells are those of Al Roth, who created a clearing-house for kidneys, the cold war game theorist Thomas Schelling and Bill Phillips, who he argues was the 'Indiana Jones of economics'.
Phillips worked as a busker, a gold miner and a crocodile hunter before studying at the London School of Economics where he used a system of water pumps and valves to create the first working model of the British economy or indeed of any economy.
Pop-Up Economics is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 8.45pm from 16th Jan to 13th Feb. You can listen again online by downloading the podcast.
The following is some background info on Harford. He is essentially a populariser on "Economics," and ofcourse, does not offer anything really new, and important as far as economics per se goes. Wikipedia entry may be of interest all the same. RS
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|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford|
|Awards||Royal Statistical Society Excellence in Journalism, Bastiat Prize|
Harford studied at Aylesbury Grammar School and then at Brasenose College, Oxford, gaining a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then an MPhil in Economics in 1998. He 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 re-joined the Financial Times as economics leader writer in April 2006. He is also a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
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.
- More or Less won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism
- More or Less won Mensa's award for promoting intelligence in public life
- Harford was awarded the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2007 (shared with Jamie Whyte) In 2010 he again drew with Whyte, in second place.
- The Market for Aid (2005) with Michael Klein, ISBN 978-0-8213-6229-7
- The Undercover Economist (2005), ISBN 978-0-345-49401-6
- The Logic of Life (2008), ISBN 978-0-8129-7787-5
- Dear Undercover Economist: Priceless Advice on Money, Work, Sex, Kids, and Life's Other Challenges. New York, Random House. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8129-8010-3
- Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2011. ISBN 978-0-374-10096-4
- "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Tim Harford, writer and economist". http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/passedfailed-an-education-in-the-life-of-tim-harford-writer-and-economist-410282.html.
- Harford, Tim. "The random side of riots". http://timharford.com/2012/08/the-random-side-of-riots/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimHarford+%28Tim+Harford%29. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Royal Statistical Society awards Accessed June 5, 2010
- More or Less Honoured Accessed June 5, 2010
- Fifth Annual Bastiat Prize awarded jointly to Tim Harford and Jamie Whyte Accessed June 5, 2010
- Tim Harford's personal webpage with RSS Feed
- Harford's column at the Financial Times with RSS Feed
- He was a founder of PSD Blog - The World Bank Group's Private Sector Development Blog
- All is fair in love and war and poker - details of the first episode of "Trust me, I'm an economist" (BBC)
- More or Less BBC website
- Columns at Slate
- Blog at the FT, which began October 2007
- Video (and audio) of interview of Tim Harford by Will Wilkinson on Bloggingheads.tv
- TED TALKS Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex
- An interview with Tim Harford about The Logic of Life on The Marketplace of Ideas
- An interview with Tim Harford about Adapt on The Marketplace of Ideas