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. I am a member (research fellow) of CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017) networks, and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University. 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).

My research and teaching interests are broadly on behavioural incentive design for health policy making and health economics and econometrics, mainly interested on the health and financial effects of ageing and disadvantage. I am an economist with a policy focus and supplementary training in other social sciences (closely following developments in sociology, demography, psychology and political science). My current work addresses issues on healthy ageing and the design of long-term care programs, the influence of social incentives and institutional constraints on health and health care behaviours, and the origins and economic consequences of health disadvantage.

Most of my research 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), behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), as well as general audience journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Oxford Economic Papers, Economica, Economic Policy) and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Public Choice, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A). A policy friendly version of some of my work can be found in the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

The core of my 2020-21 teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429, HP4D6E) and applied health econometrics (HP426), and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy.

I supervise doctoral studies in the following areas : Ageing and Health Care. Behavioural Ageing and Family Care. Long Term Care Financing. Formation of Family Health Behaviours. Gender and Health.Behavioural Health Insurance. Behaviour and Health Inequality. Incentives for Preventative Health Behaviours (e.g., overweight, sleep, etc). Institutional and Social Constraints (e.g., culture, ideology, regime change) to Health Production. My current PhD students in the 2020 job market are Mario Gyori and Antonella Bancalari .

I have served as 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 when possible I been on advisory positions in research committees (NIHR and some national and international research committees).

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

Find below some of my latest (2020) publications by research theme :

a) Financing old age and long term care programs:

Uninsured by Choice? Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Long Term Care Insurance” (with Richard Frank and Faical Akaichi). Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2020, 173 : 422-434.

More Than One Red Herring’? Heterogeneous Effects of Ageing on Healthcare Utilisation” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Health Economics, 2020, in press.

b) Behavioural incentives and health disadvantage

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche)  Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, 102258.

Is the intergenerational transmission of overweight ‘gender assortative’?” (with Mireia Jofre-Bonet). Economics and Human Biology, 39, 2020, 100907.

The Weight of Patriarchy? Gender Obesity Gaps in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)“(with Mario Gyori). Social Science & Medicine, 2020, in press.

c) Institutional constraints to health and other behaviours

Political Economy of Health and Health Care. The Rise of the Patient Citizen” (with Gilberto Turati, G and Alberto Batinti). Cambridge University Press, May, 2020.

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