How to make the world add up: Tim Harford discusses the pitfalls and the cognitive tools we can use to think clearly about the economy.

Online event - Zoom
Wednesday 14 October 2020 (16:00-17:00)

You are invited to the inaugural Peter Sinclair Town Hall lecture hosted by the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham. The lecture will be given by Tim Harford. There will be an introduction by the Vice Chancellor, David Eastwood, and opportunity of Q&A.

About the speaker

Tim is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of “How To Make the World Add Up”, “Messy”, and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less”, the iTunes-topping series “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, and 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.

About the talk

In a world that can often seem confusing and full of disinformation, what are the best approaches to make sense of everything? Award-winning economist, journalist and broadcaster Tim Harford discusses the pitfalls and the cognitive tools we can use to think clearly about the economy and much more besides.

About the lecture series

The new initiative is the "Peter Sinclair Town Hall" lecture series. It features world class economists presenting their research and its real world implications to an audience of academic economists, economics students, and the wider community. The lectures are diverse in topic but united in that they bring the lens of economics to real world issues, demonstrating how economics can be both useful and a force for good in understanding and shaping the world. The lecture series is inspired by and commemorates Peter, whose breadth of knowledge, curiosity, and kindness inspired his students and colleagues immeasurably.