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 behavioral health economics and the European Institute where I teach political economy. I am affiliated to  CESifo and IZA as a research fellow and have been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the LSE. I have been visiting fellow/professor at Oxford University, Boston College, UCL, Paris Dauphine University and Catholic University in Rome.

My research primarily contributes to the economics of health and aging, and I am interested in political economy, population, and behavioral economics. The core of my work examines institutional and/or behavioral explanations underpinning (i) the design of health and long-term care programs and, (ii) the origins and economic consequences of health disadvantage. My publications are mostly in the main journals in the field of health economics and health policy, and some major journals in economics, behavioral science, and public policy. A policy friendly version of some of my research is frequently available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

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 NIHR committee panels and government advisory committees.

I publish some of my thoughts and announcements on Twitter, and can be followed at @JoanCostaiFont.

Find below some of my latest publications :

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 & Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 2018, in press.

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:

Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?” (with Belen Sanez de Miera). CESifo Working Paper No. 7174, August 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. 

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