Long Bio

Dr Joan Costa-Font works at the London School of Economics (LSE) as an Associate Professor (‘Reader’) in Political Economy and a CESifo network research fellow. He has been Harkness – Commonwealth Fellow fellow at Harvard University and visiting fellow at UCL Economics department, Boston College (CRR) and Oxford University (IA). He has served as co-editor of the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2011-14) and as a 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.

Dr Costa-Font earned two undergraduate and research degrees, in economics (1996) and law (1997), both from Universitat de Barcelona, and a master’s degree in economic analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 1998. In 2000 he moved to LSE where he completed an MSc (Econ) in international health policy (specialising in health economics and public economics). After completing a PhD in economics in 2001, he earned a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship based at LSE until 2003. He then moved back to Barcelona, where he joined the faculty of economics to teach microeconomics and health economics as a tenured associate professor of applied economics. During his time at the University of Barcelona, he set up the Centre for Economic Analysis and Social Policies, completed a third undergraduate degree in political science and carried out research and consultancy for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission ( and in 2010 was promoted whilst of leave to full professor).He joined the LSE faculty in 2007, initially as a lecturer, later senior lecturer (2010) and then reader (2012). Once the LSE adopted the new academic career system, he became an associate professor (reader).

His teaching and research covers questions broadly related to  (i) public finance of health and long-term care (e.g., partnership designs, crowding out) , (ii) social and behavioural health economics (e.g., identity, inequality aversion, risk perceptions, culture), and (iii) political economy of health system design (e.g., federalism, political agency, institutional origins of health inequality).