Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor  (Reader) in Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the Department of Health Policy, and an associate of both LSE Health where I lead the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL), and the International Inequalities Intitute. In addition, I am a network research fellow at CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017), and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University. To date, I have taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, and have held visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016).

I am a policy-oriented academic economist, and my current research is organised around two broad programs on (i) ageing and caregiving (AG) and (ii) health behaviour and inequality (HB). However, I contribute to other research projects exploring questions on the theory and evidence of health economics, behavioural economics and/or political economy.  These include contributions to projects on the social and political foundations of inequality and health care governance.

Most of my work can be regularly found in all the main field journals in health economics (e.g., Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics), inequaliy (e.g., Journal of Economic Inequality) and behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organisation, Journal of Risk & Uncertainty), as well as general audience journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers), political economy (e.g., Governance, Public Choice), policy (e.g., Health Policy, Food Policy) and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Regional Studies). A policy friendly version of some of my academic papers can be found in the LSE business review , the LSE policy blog and Vox.eu. Currently, I serve as health economics section editor of the IJERPH and book review editor of Behavioural public policy.

The core of my teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429, HP4D6E) and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. I am interested in supervising PhD projects that draw on either applied econometric or related techniques (natural, quasi-natural, survey or field experiments), and focus on questions at the intersection of health & behavioural economics and political economy. Find below some of the recently completed papers:

The Social Value of a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Willingness to Pay Estimates from Four Western Countries” (with Harrison, H, Rudusill, C, Salmasi, L), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14475.

More Than a Ban on Smoking? Behavioural Spillovers of Smoking Bans in the Workplace” (with Luca Salmasi, and Sarah Zaccagni). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14299.

How does exposure to COVID-19 influence health and income inequality aversion?”. (with Miqdad Asaria and Frank Cowell) . 2021, IZA Working Paper 14103.

Comrades in the Family? Soviet Communism and Informal Family Insurance” (with Anna Nicinska) 2020, IZA Working Paper 13850.

Can Unearned Income Make Us Fitter? Evidence from Lottery Wins“, (with Mario Gyori). 2020, IZA Working Paper 13903.

I am available to contribute to public policy, and have been a consultant for a number of international organisations (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the European Commission), and served on advisory positions and research committees (NIHR and a number of national and international research committees).

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

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