Long Bio

Dr Joan Costa-Font works at the London School of Economics (LSE) as an Associate Professor (‘Reader’) in Political Economy and an IZA and CESifo research fellow. He has been Harkness – Commonwealth 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, and has held visiting research appointments at Boston College and Oxford University, UCL, Paris Dauphine University and the Università Cattolica in Rome.

Dr Costa-Font has three undergraduate degrees from Universitat de Barcelona in economics, law & politics. He holds 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 public economics from the London School of Economics (LSE). After completing a Ph.D. 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 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, later senior lecturer (2010) and after that, reader (2012). Once the LSE adopted the new academic career system, he became an associate professor (reader).

His teaching and research examine questions on either political economy and/or health economics. More specifically,  the design of health and long-term care programs and the social and institutional determinants of health and other behaviors (e.g., identity, inequality aversion,  federalism and the institutional origins of health inequality).