Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor  (Reader) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in the Department of Social Policy and the European Institute. At LSE, I am an associate faculty of two research centres:  LSE Health and Social Care and the International Inequalities Institute.  I collaborate with CESIfo as a network research fellow and with the Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) as an external associate.

My central research interests (refer to empirical, theoretical, as well as perspective and policy questions that) fall at the intersection of mainly ‘health economics’,  ‘political economy’, and  ‘behavioral and social economics’ . My current work revolves around two main themes. The first one considers how best to finance of health and long-term care, and more specifically,  focuses on behavioral and political economy considerations. The second examines the influence of both institutional (e.g., political decentralisation, democracy etc) and social (e.g., identity, culture, etc) constraints on health (e.g., obesity, sleep, etc) and social behaviour, health disadvantage, and its effects on economic outcomes (e.g., employment, savings etc).

My published work can be found in some leading journals in economics and economic policy (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Economic Policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy), in all the main field  journals in health economics  (e.g., American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine), alongside some of the leading journals in political economy and interdisciplinary social science (e.g, Public Choice, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, Risk Analysis, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty , Economic Geography, Food Policy, Health Policy).

I have edited (and significantly contributed to writing) several books published by leading publishers on all the research programs above. The latest one is: ‘Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues‘ (MIT Press).

Find below some of my latest accepted publications:

Does the Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Funding Affect Savings Behaviour?” (with Cristina Vilaplana). Fiscal Studies, 2017, 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, 2017, in press.

Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People’s Informal Care Receipt in CrisisStruck European Countries” (with Martin Karlsson and Henning Øien). Health Economics, 2016,25, :25-42

and my most recent working papers:

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

Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions?“. CESifo working papers, 6078. CESifo Group, Munich, Germany, 2016,  new version March 2017 (with Sergi Jimenez and Cristina Vilaplana).

The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?“. III Working Papers, 6. International Inequalities Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2016 ( with Frank Cowell).


Dr Joan Costa i Font,
Department of Social Policy,
(Room OLD.2.37)
Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE,
London, England, UK.
Tel: (+44) (0)2079556484
E-mail: J.costa-Font@lse.ac.uk
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