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 the European Institute, an associate faculty member of LSE Health and Social Care and the International Inequalities Institute, and a CESifo network research fellow. I collaborate with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organisation alongside other organizations, and have visited a number of universities and research centers worldwide (Harvard, Boston College, CES – Munich, IZA, etc).

Most of my current research falls at the intersection of health, institutional and behavioral economics, and has a strong applied and policy focus.  On the whole, it revolves around three main themes: the first one considers health and long-term care financing and, especially the interaction of public and private insurance, alongside self-insurance and its health and economic effects.The second broadly examines which behavioral incentives (e.g., identity, etc) and how institutional designs (e.g., democracy, decentralization, etc) shape health (e.g., sleep, obesity, attitudes to health inequality) and social behaviors (e.g., redistribution preferences, social ties, social attitudes etc). Finally, I am interested in the origins of health disadvantage and its effects on economic performance (e.g., effects on employment, productivity, savings, etc).

So far most of my published research can be found in all the main field journals in health economics and policy, as well as in some of the main general audience journals in economics, political economy, and public policy. For what it’s worth, my name can be found, among many others, in the list of top 10% economists in the fields of Health Economics and Microeconomics European issues, as recorded by RePEc (the main worldwide data-set of economic papers).

Find below some of my latest accepted papers:

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.

Institutionalisation Aversion” and the Willingness to Pay for Home Health Care“. Journal of Housing Economics, 2017, 38: 62-69.

Does the Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Funding Affect Savings Behaviour?” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Fiscal Studies, 2017, 38(3): 417-443.

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

and my most recent working papers:

Can Regional Decentralisation Shift Health Care Preferences?” (with  Ada Ferrer i Carbonell). IZA Discussion Paper No. 11180,  Bonn, Germany, November 2017. 

Access to Long-Term Care After a Wealth Shock: Evidence from the Housing Bubble and Burst” (With Richard Frank and Katherine Swartz). NBER Working Paper No. 23781, September, 2017.

The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?” (With Ljunge, M). Research Institute for Industrial Economics (IFN) Working Paper 1183, Stockholm, September, 2017.

Political Agency and Public Health Care: Evidence from India” (with Divya Parmar), CESifo Working Paper No. 6640, CESifo Group, Munich, Germany, August 2017

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

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

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?” (with Frank Cowell). Paper, LSE International Inequalities Institute, No 6, London, 2017.


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