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 health and behavioral economics and the European Institute where I teach political economy. I am a network research fellow of both CESifo and  IZA, and an affiliate of the HEDG. I have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow at LSE. In the last decade, I have been a visiting fellow/professor at Oxford University, Boston College, UCL, Paris Dauphine University, the Catholic University in Rome and at UNNC Ningbo, China.

The core of my current research is on the economics of health and ageing, and mainly refers to 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 wider interests extend into political economy and behavioural economics and, consider questions around the design of social protection programs and the logic behind the social formation of preferences and inequalities. A policy friendly version of some of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

My main teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429), applied health econometrics (HP426) and on political economy, with an application to the design of Europe (EU439). In addition, I contribute to the teaching of a course on the political economy of European welfare states (EU453), and I am both the program director of the MSc European Studies (Research) and the co-director of the MSc International Health Policy.

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 selected recent papers:

Uninsured by Choice? Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Long Term Care Insurance” (with Frank, R and Akaichi, F). NBER working paper & Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2019 in press.

The ‘mighty girl’ effect: Does parenting daughters alter attitudes towards gender norms?” (with Mireia Borrell-Porta, and Julia Philipp) Oxford Economic Papers, 2019 71(1): 24-46 .

“Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche) IZA Working Paper 11775 August 2018. R&R Journal of Health Economics.

“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.

and a new book :

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

My most immediate forthcoming event is a talk in the Economics of Social Care panel of the Bristol Festival of Ideas, November 22.


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