Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor  (Reader) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the Department of Social Policy and the European Institute. At LSE, I am an associate faculty of two research centres:  LSE Health and Social Care and the International Inequalities Institute.  I collaborate with CESIfo as a network research fellow and with the Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) as an external associate.

My central research interests (refer to empirical, theoretical and policy questions that) fall at the intersection of ‘health economics’,  ‘political economy’ and ‘social economics’. My current research programs in each of the above fields are the following: (i) health and long-term care finance, (ii) institutions and health disadvantage, and (iii) the social formation of health and other behaviours.

My published work can be found in some leading journals in economics and economic policy (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Economic Policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy), in all the main field  journals in health economics  (e.g., American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine), alongside some of the leading journals in political economy and interdisciplinary social science (e.g, Public Choice, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, Risk Analysis, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty , Economic Geography, Food Policy, Health Policy).

I have edited (and significantly contributed to writing) several books published by leading publishers on all the research programs above. The latest one is: ‘Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues‘ (MIT Press).

Find below some of my latest accepted publications:

Does the Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Funding Affect Savings Behaviour?” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Fiscal Studies, 2017, in press.

Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winners and their health care demand (with Terence Cheng and Nick Powdthavee). American Journal of Health Economics, 2017, in press.

Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People’s Informal Care Receipt in CrisisStruck European Countries” (with Martin Karlsson and Henning Øien). Health Economics, 2016,25, :25-42

Globesity’? The Effects of Globalization on Obesity and Caloric Intake” (with Nuria Mas). Food Policy, 2016, 64: 121-132.

and my most recent working papers:

Parental Sleep and Employment: Evidence from a British Cohort Study“. CEP Discussion Paper No 1467, 2017 (with Sarah Flèche).

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions?“. CESifo working papers, 6078. CESifo Group, Munich, Germany, 2016,  new version March 2017 (with Sergi Jimenez and Cristina Vilaplana).

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?“. III Working Papers, 6. International Inequalities Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2016 ( with Frank Cowell).

Thinking of incentivizing care? The effect of demand subsidies on informal caregiving and intergenerational transfers“. Barcelona GSE Working Paper, 929. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Barcelona, 2016 (with Sergi Jimenez and Cristina Vilaplana).

Cultural persistence of health capital: evidence from European migrants“. CESifo Working Paper, 5964. 2016, Center for Economic Studies, Munich, Germany, 2016 (with Azusa Sato).

European Identity and Redistributive Preferences“.  STICERD – Public Economics. Programme Discussion Papers 24, 2015, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE (with Frank Cowell).

Vertical Transmission of Overweight: Evidence from English Adoptees,” CESifo Working Paper Series 5351, 2015, CESifo Group Munich (with Mireia Jofre and Julian LeGrand).


Dr Joan Costa i Font,
Department of Social Policy,
(Room OLD.2.37)
Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE,
London, England, UK.
Tel: (+44) (0)2079556484
E-mail: J.costa-Font@lse.ac.uk
To follow me on twitter : @JoanCostaiFont