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. Also, I am affiliated to 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 health economics, and examines institutional and/or behavioral explanations underpinning (i) healthy ageing and the design of long-term care programs, (ii) health behaviour and inequality, and (iii) the political economy of health systems. A policy friendly version of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

My main teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429), health econometrics (HP426) and political economy (EU439, EU453). I am both the program director of the MSc European Studies (Research) and the co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. My PhD students in the job market in 2020 are Mario Gyori and Antonela Bancallari

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.

Below find my main recent papers 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). NBER working paper & Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2019 in press.

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.

b) Health Behaviour and Inequality

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

“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.

c) Political Economy of Health Systems:

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

Voting Up? The Effects of Democracy and Franchise Extension on Human Stature” (with Alberto Batinti and Timothy J. Hatton). IZA Discussion Paper 12389, May 2019.


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