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 teach behavioural health economics and the European Institute where I teach political economy. I am affiliated to  CESifo and IZA as a research fellow and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the LSE. I have been a visiting fellow/professor at Oxford University, Boston College, UCL, Paris Dauphine University and Catholic University in Rome.

The core of my research is on the economics of health and ageing and examines institutional and/or behavioural explanations underpinning (i) the design of health and long-term care programs and, (ii) the origins and economic consequences of health disadvantage. However, my broader interests refer to empirical or theoretical debates in political economy,  population and behavioural economics. More specifically, I am interested in studying how best to design social protection programs and the logic behind the social formation of preferences. Most of my work is written for both field and general audience journals in economics, interdisciplinary social science and public policy. A policy friendly version of some of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

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 NIHR committee panels and government advisory committees.

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

Find below some of my 2018 publications:

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions and Utilisation?“(with Sergi Jimenez-Martin and Cristina Vilaplana). Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 58(1), 43-66.

“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, 4(1): 26-50.

The ‘mighty girl’ effect: Does parenting daughters alter attitudes towards gender norms?” (Mireia Borrell-Porta and Julia Philipp) Oxford Economic Papers, 2018.

and my most recent working papers:

Thinking of Incentivizing Care? The Effect of Demand Subsidies on Informal Caregiving and Intergenerational Transfers” (with Sergi Jimenez-Martin and Cristina Vilaplana). IZA Working Paper 11774 August 2018.

Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?” (with Belen Saenz de Miera). CESifo Working Paper No. 7174, August 2018

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche) IZA Working Paper 11775 August 2018.


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