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 where I teach health and behavioral economics and the European Institute where I teach political economy. I am an associate member of  LSE Health and the International Inequalities Institute, a network research fellow of both CESifo and  IZA, and an affiliate of the HEDG. I have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow at LSE. Before joining LSE, I taught health economics and microeconomics at the University of Barcelona where I was an associate professor. In the last decade, I have been a visiting fellow/professor at Oxford University, Boston College, UCL, Paris Dauphine University and Catholic University in Rome.

The core of my research is on the economics of health and aging and examines institutional and/or behavioral explanations underpinning (i) the design of health and long-term care programs and, (ii) the origins and economic consequences of health disadvantage.  However, my wider interests extend into political economy, behavioral and population economics and, consider questions about how best to design social protection programs and, the logic behind the social formation of preferences. A policy friendly version of some of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

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 NIHR committee panels and government advisory committees.

I publish some of my thoughts and announcements on Twitter, and can be followed at @JoanCostaiFont.

Find below some of my 2018 publications:

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions and Utilisation?“(with Sergi Jimenez-Martin and Cristina Vilaplana). Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 58(1), 43-66.

“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, 2018, 4(1): 26-50.

The ‘mighty girl’ effect: Does parenting daughters alter attitudes towards gender norms?” (with Mireia Borrell-Porta and Julia Philipp) Oxford Economic Papers, 2018.

and my most recent working papers:

Thinking of Incentivizing Care? The Effect of Demand Subsidies on Informal Caregiving and Intergenerational Transfers” (with Sergi Jimenez-Martin and Cristina Vilaplana). IZA Working Paper 11774 August 2018.

Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?” (with Belen Saenz de Miera). CESifo Working Paper No. 7174, August 2018

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche) IZA Working Paper 11775 August 2018.


Dr Joan Costa i Font,
Department of Health Policy,
(Room OLD.1.16), 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