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. I am a member (research fellow) of CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017) networks, and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University. Before joining the LSE faculty (in 2007), I taught health economics and microeconomics at the University of Barcelona, and before that, I was Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In the last decade, I have held honorary visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016), and have been visiting professor at Paris Dauphine University (2017) and the Universita Cattolica (2018, 2019).

My current research lies at the intersection of health economics, behavioral economics and political economy, and its core themes are ‘ageing’ & ‘health disadvantage‘. My broader interests encompass the economic effects of health programs, the health effects of economic and political reforms, and especially, the underlying logic behind the social formation of preferences and health behaviours. 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. 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 position 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.

May be you are interested in a new textbook:

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

Find below some of my latest publications by research program :

a) Ageing 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) Health Disadvantage and Incentives

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

The Measurement of Health Inequalities: Does Status Matter?” (with Frank Cowell), 2020 R&R Journal of Economic Inequality.

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