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 co-direct the Ph.D. programme in Health Policy and Health Economics and the MSc program on Global Health) and the European Institute (where I am the program director of the MRes). I am an economist interested in public policy, and I currently collaborate with CESifo and IZA as a research fellow.  I have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow at LSE, visiting fellow at Boston College, UCL, Oxford University and occasional consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Health Organisation.

My research falls at the intersection of political economy, health, labour and behavioral economics. Most of my work is in the field of  ‘health and aging’,  but my broader interests attempt to understand two questions: (i) how to (re-) design social protection programs and, (ii) the social and institutional formation of preferences and behaviors. My current projects focus on at least one of the following three themes: the first one considers health and long-term care financing. The second broadly examines the effect of behavioral and institutional incentives on health and social behaviors. Finally, I am interested in identifying and quantifying the origins of health disadvantage and its effects on economic performance.

Most of my published research can be found in all the main field journals in health economics, as well as in some major journals in economics, political economy, and public policy. For what it’s worth, my name can be found, among many others, in the list of top 10% economists in the fields of Health Economics and Microeconomics European issues, as recorded by RePEc (the main worldwide data-set of economic papers). I am a regular contributor to the LSE blogs and Vox.eu, and can be followed at @JoanCostaiFont.

Find below some of my latest accepted papers:

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions and Utilisation?“(with Jimenez-Martin, S and Vilaplana, C ). Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 58(1), 43-66.

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.

The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?” (with Ljunge, M). Economics and Human Biology, 2018, 28 (1): 119-131. 

Institutionalisation Aversion” and the Willingness to Pay for Home Health Care“. Journal of Housing Economics, 2017, 38: 62-69.

and my most recent working papers:

The ‘Mighty Girl’ Effect: Does Parenting Daughters Alter Attitudes towards Gender Roles? ( with Philipp, J and Borrell, M). IZA Working Paper 1125, January 2018.

Does Insurance Expansion Alter Health Inequality and Mobility? Evidence from the Mexican Seguro Popular” (with Belen Saenz de Miera and Frank Cowell), CESifo Working Paper No. 6788, December 2017

Can Regional Decentralisation Shift Health Care Preferences?” (with  Ada Ferrer i Carbonell). IZA Discussion Paper No. 11180,  Bonn, Germany, November 2017. 

Access to Long-Term Care After a Wealth Shock: Evidence from the Housing Bubble and Burst” (With Richard Frank and Katherine Swartz). NBER Working Paper No. 23781, September, 2017.

Political Agency and Public Health Care: Evidence from India” (with Divya Parmar), CESifo Working Paper No. 6640, CESifo Group, Munich, Germany, August 2017

Parental Sleep and Employment: Evidence from a British Cohort Study“(with Sarah Flèche) CEP Discussion Paper No 1467, 2017.

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?” (with Frank Cowell). Paper, LSE International Inequalities Institute, No 6, London, 2017.


Dr Joan Costa i Font,
Department of Health Policy,
(Room OLD.1.16), 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