Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor  (Reader) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the newly created Department of Health Policy and the European Institute, and an associate faculty of LSE Health and Social Care and the International Inequalities Institute.  In addition, I collaborate with CESifo as a network research fellow and occasionally with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organisation alongside other organizations.

My research falls at the intersection of  ‘health economics’ and ‘political economy’, draws heavily on insights from ‘social and behavioral economics’, and has a strong policy focus.  On the whole, it revolves around two main themes. The first one considers health and long-term care financing and, especially, the interaction of public and private sectors, the role of self-insurance (via housing) and its distributional effects. The second broadly examines aspects of the design of  social (e.g., identity, etc) and institutional (e.g., political etc) incentives for social and health-related behaviours (e.g., sleep, obesity), on the determinants health disadvantage (e.g., attitudes to health inequalities), and the subsequent effect on economic performance (e.g., effects on employment, productivity, savings, etc).

Most of my published work can be found in the main field journals in health economics (e.g., American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine), in some leading journals in economics and economic policy (e.g., Economica, Journal of the European Economic Association,Economic Policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy) and some of the reference journals in behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), political economy (e.g., Public Choice), economic geography (e.g. Economic Geography), social statistics (e.g., Journal of the Royal Statistical Society -A), as well as policy journals specialised on health (e.g., Health Policy and Planning) and nutrition (e.g., Food 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, in press.

Regional health care decentralisation in unitary states: equal spending, equal satisfaction?” (with Turati, G). Regional Studies, 2017, in press.

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:

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 11, 2017.

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

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

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

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?“. III Working Papers, 6. International Inequalities Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2017 ( with Frank Cowell).

Like Mother, Like Father? Gender Assortative Transmission of Child Overweight“, CESifo Working Paper No. 5985, July 2016 (with Mireia Jofre)


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