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, and an associate of both LSE Health where I lead the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL), and the International Inequalities Institute. In addition, I am a network research fellow at CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017), 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).

I am a policy oriented academic economist interested in health, ageing, behaviour and inequality. My current research is organised around two broad programs on (i) ageing and caregiving (AG) and (ii) health behaviour and inequality (HB). However, I contribute to other research projects exploring questions on the theory and evidence of health economics, behavioural economics and/or political economy.  These include contributions to projects on the social and political foundations of inequality and health care governance.

Most of my work 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), inequaliy (e.g., Journal of Economic Inequality) and behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organisation, Journal of Risk & Uncertainty), as well as general audience journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers), and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society). A policy friendly version of some of my academic papers can be found in the LSE business review , the LSE policy blog and Vox.eu. 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.

The core of my teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429, HP4D6E) and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. I am interested in supervising PhD projects that draw on either applied econometric or related techniques (natural, quasi-natural, survey or field experiments), and focus on questions at the intersection of health & behavioural economics and political economy. Find below some of the recently completed papers:

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 Rudusill and Luca Salmasi), 2021, IZA Working Paper 14475.

More Than a Ban on Smoking? Behavioural Spillovers of Smoking Bans in the Workplace” (with Luca Salmasi, and Sarah Zaccagni). 2021, IZA Working Paper 14299.

How does exposure to COVID-19 influence health and income inequality aversion?”. (with Miqdad Asaria and Frank Cowell) . 2021, IZA Working Paper 14103.

I am available to contribute to policy (or public service) and consultancy in different advisory capacities. Currently I am advising the Inter-American Development Bank on a project on financing long term care in Latin America and the Malaysian National Institute of Health on a project on vaccine hesitancy. I have been a consultant for a number of international organisations (the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the European Commission), and served on several research committees (NIHR and a number of national and international research committees).

Ocassionally, I give seminars and offer perspective talks to different audiences. My most immediate talk will be at the European Forum Alpbach, August 27 2021:

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

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