Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford

By Pushkin Industries

What's Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford about?

Cautionary Tales is written and hosted by Tim Harford, “the undercover economist.” In each episode, Tim relates a true story of a time when something did not go according to plan. Some of these true stories are tragic, some are comic, but like the great fables and parables, each of them has a moral. Equipped with the latest research from psychology, economics and the social sciences, Harford explains why things went so awry – and teaches us lessons that we won’t forget.

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