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 co-direct the Ph.D. programme in Health Policy and Health Economics and the MSc program on Global Health) and the European Institute (where I am the program director of the MRes). I am an associate faculty member of LSE Health and the International Inequalities Institute, and I collaborate with CESifo and IZA as a research fellow.  I have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow at LSE, visiting fellow at Boston College, UCL, Oxford University and occasional consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Health Organisation.

Most of my current research falls at the intersection of health economics and political economy and draws heavily on social and behavioral economics. It has a strong applied and policy focus, and 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, as well as in some of the main general audience (and some specialized) 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). I am a regular contributor to the LSE blogs and Vox.eu, and can be followed at @JoanCostaiFont.

Find below some of my latest accepted papers:

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions? (with Jimenez-Martin, S and Vilaplana, C ). Journal of Health Economics, 2018, in press.

The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?” (with Ljunge, M). Economics and Human Biology, 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

and my most recent working papers:

The ‘Mighty Girl’ Effect: Does Parenting Daughters Alter Attitudes towards Gender Roles? ( with Philipp, J and Borrell, M). IZA Working Paper 1125, January 2018.

Does Insurance Expansion Alter Health Inequality and Mobility? Evidence from the Mexican Seguro Popular” (with Belen Saenz de Miera and Frank Cowell), CESifo Working Paper No. 6788, December 2017

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.

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.

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