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How to make the world add up by Tim Harford

Tim Harford, economist, broadcaster and journalist

Date/Time: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Hosted by Professor Sally Shortall

The Financial Times’ Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, is on a mission to help us think more clearly about the world. That not only means thinking more clearly about numbers, but thinking more clearly about our own preconceptions and biases. In this talk he explores a dramatic incident in art history, and what it teaches us about the obstacles that lie in wait, even for the expert among us, when we desperately want to believe.


Tim is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of “How To Make the World Add Up”, “The Data Detective”“Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of BBC Radio’s “More or Less”“How To Vaccinate The World”, and “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, as well as the podcast “Cautionary Tales”. Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Tim was made an OBE for services to improving economic understanding in the New Year honours of 2019.

Tim Harford’s latest book "How to Make the World Add Up" is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's:

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.