Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor  (Reader) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the Department of Health Policy, and a network research fellow at CESifo and IZA . Before, I have been a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, associate professor of economics at the University of Barcelona, and Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at LSE. Meanwhile, I have hold honorary visiting positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013), UCL (2016), Paris Dauphine University (2017) and the Universita Cattolica (2018).

My research is at the intersection of health economics, behavioral economics and political economy. The core of my current research concentrates on two research programs: (i) the health effects of ageing and long term care , and (ii) the design of health incentives and disadvantage. However, my wider underlying interests are on understanding the social formation of preferences, and how to design efficient health systems and programs. A policy friendly version of some of my work is available in the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

I teach behavioural health economics (HP429, video link), health econometrics (HP426) and political economy (EU439), and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. My current PhD students in the 2020 job market are Mario Gyori and Antonella Bancalari .

I have served as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England as well as European Commission and in NIHR expert panels and several national advisory committees.

Some of my random thoughts, impressions and announcements can be found on Twitter, at @JoanCostaiFont.

Find below some of my lastest publication by research area :

a) Ageing on health and long term care:

Uninsured by Choice? Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Long Term Care Insurance” (with Richard Frank and Faical Akaichi). NBER working paper & Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2020 in press.

b) Health incentives and disadvantage

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche)  Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, in press.

Contact: Dr Joan Costa i Font,
Department of Health Policy,
(Room COW.1.06), 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