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. I am a member (research fellow) of CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017) networks, and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University. 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).

My research and teaching interests are broadly on behavioural incentive design for health policy making and health economics and econometrics, with a focus on ageing and health disadvantage. I am an economist with a policy focus and supplementary training in other social sciences (sociology and political science). My current work addresses issues on healthy ageing and the design of long-term care programs, the influence of social incentives for health and health care behaviours, and the institutional determinants and economic consequences of health disadvantage.

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, Oxford Economic Papers, Economica, Economic Policy) and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Public Choice, 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.

The core of my 2020-21 teaching is on behavioural health economics (HP429, HP4D6E) and applied health econometrics (HP426), and I am co-director of the MSc International Health Policy.

I supervise doctoral studies in the following areas : Ageing and the health system, Long Term Care financing, Behavioural health insurance, Health Inequality and Attitudes, Health Behaviours (Overweight, Sleep, Nutrition, Smoking, Alcohol), Institutions (Ideology, Regime Change, Democratisation, Decentralisation) and Health Disadvantage, Family Health Behaviours, Gender and Health. My current PhD students in the 2020 job market are Mario Gyori and Antonella Bancalari .

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 been on advisory positions in research committees (NIHR and some national and international research committees).

Some of my random thoughts, impressions and announcements can be found on Twitter, at @JoanCostaiFont.

May be you are interested in a new textbook:

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

Find below some of my latest publications 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). Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2020, 173 : 422-434.

More Than One Red Herring’? Heterogeneous Effects of Ageing on Healthcare Utilisation” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Health Economics, 2020, in press.

b) Health Disadvantage and Incentives

Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes” (with Sarah Fleche)  Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, 102258.

The Measurement of Health Inequalities: Does Status Matter?” (with Frank Cowell), 2020 R&R Journal of Economic Inequality.

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