Welcome to my website! I am both an academic economist specialising in health and ageing, with a strong focus on behaviour, policy and inequality. I am an associate professor (Reader) in Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Department of Health Policy. I collaborate with the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Health where I lead the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL), and work across global economic research networks such as CESIfo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017). I have taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and held visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016).

Given the pressing global challenges of population ageing, and rising health inequality, my current research contributes to two main broad programs on (i) healthy ageing and caregiving, (ii) health behaviour and inequality, though my research has contributed to other programs too, such as (iii) governance and health, and (iv) preference formation and inequality. My work has appeared in all the top field economics journals in health, inequality, and behaviour (e.g., Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organisation, Journal of Risk & Uncertainty), and in leading general interest journals, especially in economics and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Social Science and Medicine, Governance, Public Choice). A policy friendly version of some of my academic papers can be read at LSE business review, LSE policy blog and Vox.eu.

I co-direct the MSc International Health Policy, and the bulk of my teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429, HP4D6E). I am interested in supervising PhD projects that use either applied econometrics or related techniques (natural, quasi-natural, survey or field experiments), and address policy-relevant questions that draw on either applied labour/public economics, political economy (especially with a behavioural focus), or behavioural economics, and have a broad focus on health and ageing. Find below some of my recently completed papers:

Medicaid Expansion and the Mental Health of Spousal Caregivers” (with Nilesh Raut and Courtney van Houtven). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14754

Long-Term Care Partnership Effects on Medicaid and Private Insurance” (with Nilesh Raut). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14753

How does exposure to COVID-19 influence health and income inequality aversion?”. (with Miqdad Asaria and Frank Cowell) . 2021, CESifo Working Paper 9250.

Buying Control? ‘Locus of Control’ and the Uptake of Supplementary Health Insurance” (with Eric Bonsang and Sonja de New), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14633.

The Welfare Effects of Time Reallocation: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time” (with Sarah Fleche and Ricardo Pagan). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14570.

The Social Value of a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Willingness to Pay Estimates from Four Western Countries” (with Sawyard Harrison, Caroline Rudisill and Luca Salmasi), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14475.

Does Devolution Alter the Choice of Public versus Private Health Care?” (with Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell). Barcelona School of Economics, 2021, Working Paper, 1291

Currently, I serve as health economics section editor of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and book review editor of Behavioural public policy, and I am a former co-editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, and former associate editor of Social Policy and Administration.

I am available to contribute to both policy (or public service) and consultancy in different capacities. Currently, I serve as an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation and the Malaysian National Institute of Health. I have been a consultant for the World Bank, Public Health England and the European Commission, and served on several research committees (NIHR and a number of national and international research committees).

Occasionally, I give seminars and offer perspective talks to different audiences. My most recent public appearances include the European Forum Alpbach, on August 27 2021 4pm BST:

Ready for the Next Crisis? From Global Health to European Healthcare

and the Geneva Association Health and Ageing Conference on December 2nd, 2021 1pm GMT:

Health and health systems – What did COVID-19 hurt the most?

I share some of my random thoughts, impressions and announcements on Twitter, at @JoanCostaiFont.

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