Tim Harford- The Matrix Database

Economist and journalist Tim Harford.

The Matrix Project is an effort to document personal factors that undermine powerful journalists’ claims of objectivity and impartiality. Are factors such as an elite education, establishment connections, personal wealth and interests in rival fields compatible with journalistic integrity? 

This page looks at Financial Times journalist Tim Harford. For more information on the database click here.


Learn about the significance of a private/Oxbridge education here

Tim Harford graduated in politics, philosophy and economics from Brasenose College, Oxford University. (source)

Revolving Door

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Tim Harford is also an economist who worked for the International Finance Corporation, an investment and asset-management conglomerate (source) and was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding”. (source)

“Establishment” Connections

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Tim Harford is married to British portrait photographer Fran Monks. Her website states that “Monks’ work has been acquired by the Science Museum London and the National Portrait Gallery. She has been widely published in national and international magazines and newspapers”. (source)



Salary/Indications of Wealth

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Tim Harford does not publicly disclose his salary, but as a successful author, journalist and economist, it is likely that he earns significantly more than the UK average salary.

As a point of reference, the Office for National Statistics list the average UK salary for 2021 as £26,193

Complaints / apologies / controversies

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Tim Harford is an Oxford educated economist and journalist, married to a renowned photographer, and likely to earn significantly more than the UK national average.

Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?

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