Dr Joan (pronounced ‘Jwan’) Costa-Font (he/his) is an academic economist that works at the London School of Economics (LSE) as an Associate Professor (‘Reader’) in Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy. He is the co-director of the MSc International Health Policy, and the bulk of his teaching and research is on behavioural health economics, as well as issues in political economy and ageing and caregiving. He is affiliated with the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Health where he leads the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL) and works across global economic research networks such as the Centre for Economic Studies (CESifo since 2008) and Institute of Labour Economics (IZA since 2017). Joan has been Harkness – Commonwealth Fellow at Harvard University and Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow at LSE. He has served as co-editor of the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2011-14), book review editor of Behavioural Public Policy, as well as member of the research funding committee the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He has advised the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission, and has held visiting research research appointments at Boston College and Oxford University, UCL, and visiting professor appointments at Paris Dauphine University (2017) and Universitta Cattolica (2018- 19).
Dr Costa-Font holds three undergraduate degrees in economics, law & politics, a master’s degree in economic analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an MSc (Econ) in International Health Policy (with distinction) specializing in health economics and applied public economics from the London School of Economics (LSE). After completing a PhD in economics in 2001, he earned a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship based at LSE until 2003. He then briefly taught microeconomics and health economics as a tenured associate professor of economics at the University of Barcelona. During his time in Barcelona, he set up the Centre for Economic Analysis and Social Policies. He joined the LSE faculty in 2007, initially as a lecturer, and later as senior lecturer (2010) and after that, as reader (2012). Once the LSE adopted the new academic career system, he became an ‘associate professor (reader)‘.
The core of his research falls mainly in mainly on three broad programs on (i) ageing and caregivingand (ii) health behaviour and inequality, and (iii) governance and health. Joan’s work 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), behavioral 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, Economica), political economy (e.g., Economic Policy, Public Choice, Governance, Economics & Politics) and social sciences (e.g., Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, Health Policy, Food Policy).