Welcome to my website! 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 as well as faculty associate at the International Inequalities Intitute. I collaborate as a research fellow with CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017) networks, and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University. To date, I have taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, and have held visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016).
The core of my research and teaching concentrates on examining (i) the economic and health system effects of ageing and long-term care programs, and (ii) the behavioural incentives for, and constraints on health and household behaviours. I am also working on other related projects exploring question relevant to behavioural economics and political economy. Most of my research can be regularly found in all the main field journals in health economics (e.g., Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics), behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), as well as general audience journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica) and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A). A policy friendly version of some of my work can be found in the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.
I supervise doctoral studies in the following areas : Ageing and Health Care. Behavioural Ageing and Family Care. Long Term Care Financing. Formation of Family Health Behaviours. Gender and Health.Behavioural Health Insurance. Behaviour and Health Inequality. Incentives for Preventative Health Behaviours (e.g., overweight, sleep, etc). Institutional and Social Constraints (e.g., culture, ideology, regime change) to Health Production.I am interested in projects that draw on applied econometrics/ labour economics techniques, survey or field experiments.
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 have been on advisory positions and research committees (NIHR and a number of national and international research committees).
Some of my random thoughts, impressions and announcements can be found on Twitter, at @JoanCostaiFont.
Find below some of my latest (2020) publications by research program :
a) Ageing (AG): Financing old age and long term care:
“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 Ageing Effects on Healthcare Utilisation” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Health Economics, 2020, 29:8-29
b) Health Disadvantage (HD): Incentives and constraints to health and household behaviours
“Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche) Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, 102258.
“The Weight of Patriarchy? Gender Obesity Gaps in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)“(with Mario Gyori). Social Science & Medicine, 2020, 266, 113353
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.
To follow me on twitter: @JoanCostaiFont