About

Tim Worstall is an Englishman who has failed at many things. Thus his turn to writing, the last refuge of many who could make a living no other way. He is, as an example of his business and financial perspicacity, the head of the international scandium oligopoly: the only commodity which has not risen in price in the past decade. Odd bits and pieces of his writing have been known to turn up in The Times, the book pages of the Daily Telegraph and the Philadelphia Inquirer, he\’s been a long term contributor to TCS Daily and also blogs for The Business and the Adam Smith Institute. He is currently only 6 months late (Sept 2007) with his book manuscript.

As to his views, well, read the blog.

Best blogging moment so far: being called a "pendant" by Polly Toynbee. Not, as he thought, an ornament to be cherished and hugged to one\’s bosom, but something close to a tit.

 

40 comments on “About

  1. Enjoy the blog and the new web page but when scrolling down the page the middle column where the text is displayed is gradually getting narrower resulting in text at the lhs and rhs being cropped.
    Browser is IE6.

  2. Hi, Tim!

    I searched for your name om impulse after watching Crossroads movie with a lot of Ry Cooder music. Then all in sudden I realized that it was Tim who told me about Ry Cooder and many other things.
    I googled and here we go. Tim is alive and kicking as a star of blogosphere now.
    But of course. I should have guessed myself.
    Let me know when you are in Moscow next time.

  3. I was just reading “Environmental Idiocy of the Day : Jeremy Leggett Edition” in The Business.

    Sorry Tim, but you really have completely missed Leggett’s point here – as is revealed by the fact that you seem to think it’s some kind of scoop to reveal that he runs a solar energy business!

    If this is your normal standard of journalism we’ll need to design a system to capture the carbon dioxide from the huge volumes of noxious hot air you produce.

  4. “Tim Worstall is an Englishman who has failed at many things. Thus his turn to writing, the last refuge of many who could make a living no other way.”

    Tim, according to your website text, you must be dead broke and starving by now because you even failed at writing! Dude, you are a sad, pathetic loser and I’m sure right now you are in some bar having your morning cup of Vodka aren’t you?
    Your Blog regarding Randy Salerno is a complete misuse of the Internet and makes me want to have it regulated to prevent morons like you from writing hurtful and disgusting dribble like this. Your Blog said nothing significant but it said everything about the kind of person you have become in your life. It was a deliberate attempt to be an Asshole but don’t despair Tim, it’s the one thing in your life you have succeed on becoming. Go back to England, you jerk-off, loser of an asshole. America does not need or want you here.

  5. Came to your blog via the Register and the article on sex trafficking. Loved it, absolutely spot on, so was surprised to see all the anti re your writing, “Go back to England, you jerk-off, loser of an asshole. America does not need or want you here.” hmmm, now there’s a command of language to be admired!!! Of course the margin thing reveals the truth, in my opinion the only use for IE is to download Firefox (or another browser that works), the critics are all Windohs users! Best of luck mate. Jack.

  6. I’ve read this blog for a while and never noticed the about section. All I can say is rofl @ the people whining about how you’ve said something they don’t like.

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  9. Poor, sad Tim

    Not least, not very bright to ‘out’ yourself for what you are, and try and sell your books at the same time.

  10. Another mercenary writer for hire, funded by right wing groups and individuals to push their views and promote their interests. Must be pretty lucrative…

    Tim adds: Mercenary writer for hire: yes, it’s known as being a “freelance”. There’s quite a lot of us about you know, most newspapers are full of pieces written by such mercenaries.

    As to groups and individuals, well, other than those we call “editors”, not seen much sign of that. And lucrative? I wish….

  11. Interesting stuff.

    I’m curious; who’s the liberal equivalent of Tim? What lefty blog is there that is as rigorously scrupulous with facts and figures? That is as sound in its knowledge and as bracingly authoritative? Any suggestions?

    Tim adds: Chris Dillow for sure. Unity on his subjects. Jamie K on his. Lots of them actually, just not that many on economics.

  12. Are you the guy who wrote this article?

    “Six Waltons Have More Wealth Than the Bottom 30 % of Americans”

    Truly, on the most literal level, you’re an idiot. Your argument that the wealth disparity in the United States can be ignored by virtue of the fact that you can divide total US household wealth by the US population and come up with a bountiful figure is idiotic, and does nothing to capture the economic realities of the country. Worse still, it is misleading, and paints an inaccurate picture of the economic life of most Americans. I cannot stop you from continuing to publish; I highly encourage you, however, to get a basic education.

  13. I second the above comment. If you think for a second that 6 figure offers are just rolling downhill from Wall Street to recent law school grads, or that doctors are striking it rich right after med school, you are incredibly ignorant. It’s probably really easy to write such a stupid and conclusive comment when you don’t actually have to do any actual journalistic work. Try this: pretend you are a recent law school grad in the top 25% of your class, and go ahead and knock on some doors at some firms. See what happens. Watch how much the offers just start pouring in. The way you twist reality in a self-serving manner is unethical at best.

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  15. Mr Worstall

    Just had a quick look at your site, following reading one of your (excellent) articles for the Adam Smith Institute.

    You’re doing good stuff. Rather sadenned by the insulting comments some have seen fit to post above. It never becomes anyone, in debate, to act in such a way, and generally reflects more on what they feel about themselves than what you’ve written.

    Press on and stick to those facts. Trivial insults will fade away. Good ideas will stick around.

    Best regards

    Peter Baker

  16. I was reading an article that you wrote for Forbes on the rise of autism. Could you please further explain to me why it cannot be environmental factors that are causing the increase, rather the change in the counting method?

  17. Hi Tim,

    Not expecting any kind of response but just read your herbalife article on forbes. I saw you searched on ebay to try locate evidence of products failed distributors may be trying to shift as a means to claw back what they can. It is apparenly illegal for them to sell it via ebay if you do a quick google search. They have a system in place to trace specific distributors who get caught out.

    My guess is that it would be quite easy to pour a few shakes away ect if youre plan is to throw in the towel! Or even store in the attic. Just thought this was one of the key ways a theory was tested yet no one researched why distributors dont sell on ebay?

    Theres a reason Herbalife dont monitor their actual sales to real consumers, why would they reveal they are a pyramid scheme when they can make a killing from distributors and get away with it!

    Sean

    I

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  19. No idea how i got here, i think i was looking at an expired domain to buy, anyway, good blog Tim and you’re english… finally finding one of our own, keep it up man.

  20. Just read an article of yours on Forbes about how minimum wage increases are not a good thing in your opinion. You gave an example of how a chipotle in SF actually loses money even if the extra money they’re paying out in wages is spent in the restaurant because there’s some mysterious extra cost of about 30% which you don’t explain at all what it is. You’ve already explained that chipotle has increased their prices, especially in SF, to account for the extra labor costs so it can’t be that. So, why does it cost extra to do business when people’s wages are increased and the business raises prices to accout for it?

  21. Regarding your Forbes article on welfare subsidizing corporations: when minimum wage is increased, the burden falls evenly on consumers. When you rely on welfare, the burden is paid through taxes. The wealthy pay the vast majority of taxes. So what these various news outlets are proposing is shifting the burden from the wealthy to the average, 50k a year household. Put in that light, it might put an end to the discussion.

  22. I’m shocked to learn that the Register has ended publication of your articles. I’ve found them to be exceĺlent in their explanation of economic issues to an intelligent but non-economist audience and I’ve sent copies of many of them on to other people. I say this as someone who disagrees with you politically on many things.

    I do hope that one Reg commentard’s theory is right and that you’ve been offered more to be published elsewhere. If that’s so be sure to publicise as widely as you can where your articles will be found.

  23. Tim Worstall,

    You are so wrong in your China article about Donald Trump. You have it all backwards. For you to think trade is just about consumption shows what a neophyte you are on international finance. We’re voting for Trump and not buying the propaganda you are trying to sell. Donald Trump is correct in what he says. The voters understand this and that is why he has millions more votes than the next contender. Btw, try to sell your nonsense to all the workers who have lost manufacturing jobs over the years to China and elsewhere. You are so wrong in what you write.

  24. Is there any way in which the very simple and easy to communicate idea of population density can be promoted on to the agenda of Brexit negotiations as a way of allowing the UK full single market access but with immigration controls?

    I envisage a simple policy along the lines of: EU to allow Single Market access with curtailment of free movement for countries with population density over 250 people per square kilometre.

    Germany has a population density of 233 p/km² (people per square kilometre). The UK has a population density of 269 p/km². So 15% higher density than that of Germany.

    If the EU were looking for a get out clause to allow free trade to continue (which is more beneficial to them than us given our annual 64 billion pound deficit with the EU) but to ensure that other countries don’t get any unreasonable ideas about curtailing freedom of movement perhaps setting an addendum to the Single Market access rules that makes an allowance for discretionary curtailment of freedom of movement once a population density of 250 p/km² is reached might be an idea?

    I imagine Chancellor Merkel might find that quite a useful tool over the next year or so when trying to get re-elected. It would also give the Dutch and Belgians the chance to introduce immigration measures, those countries being the only other EU nations that have a population density over 250 p/km².

    Just a thought. Hope it resonates and can be made use of.

    Yours sincerely,

    Jim Mitchell

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  26. Hello,

    I am an undergraduate studying economics and political science in the United States. I was wondering what research has been done (if any) and what good reads would you suggest in the realm of sports economics. I am really interested in observing studies of the cartel example given of sporting leagues that you have written about. Also the market structure of these leagues and how they set determine which prices to produce at.

    Anything would help. Thank you

  27. Tim,

    Saw your piece on the minimum wage in Forbes. Hoping you could reprise it for Modern Trader Magazine. WE are a financial publication and in an upcoming issue we are focusing on the restaurant sector. As you know attempts to increase the US Federal minimum wage to $15 is controversial within the fast serve restaurant sector. We think an oped piece on the affects of a higher minimum would be a good fit. Please let me know if you can update this for us. We would need it this week, but it fdoes not need to be a complete rewrite, just an update. Please let me know if you would be interested.
    Dan Collins
    Editor-in-Chief
    Modern Trader
    dc@moderntrader.com
    708–846-5264

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