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, and a network research fellow at CESifo and IZA . I was Harkness Fellow at Harvard University (2012-13), associate professor of economics at the University of Barcelona (2002-7), and before that, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at LSE (2001-2002). In the last decade, I have been an honorary visiting fellow/professor at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013), UCL (2016), Paris Dauphine University (2017), the Universita Cattolica (2018-).

The core of my research is on health economics, and most of my current work concentrates on examining (i) the economic effects of aging and long-term care programs, and (ii) the design of incentives for health behaviors (sleep, obesity) and to achieve health equity (health inequality aversion). My older research has examined to medicines regulation and preference formation in health and other domains. However, my wider interests extend into political economy and behavioral economics and, consider questions about how best to design social programs and, the logic behind the social formation of behaviors. A policy friendly version of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

I teach behavioural health economics (HP429, video link), health econometrics (HP426) and political economy (EU439), and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. My current PhD students in the 2020 job market are Mario Gyori and Antonella Bancalari

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 European Commission and in NIHR expert panels and several national advisory committees.

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

Find below some of my forthcoming 2020 publications :

Uninsured by Choice? Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Long Term Care Insurance” (with Richard Frank and Faical Akaichi). NBER working paper & Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2020 in press.

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

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

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