Dr Joan Costa-i-Font


Dr Joan Costa-Font works at LSE as an Associate Professor of (‘Reader’ in) Political Economy, a joint appointment between the Departments of Social Policy and the European Institute. Joan is a CESifo network research fellow, and has been Harkness fellow at Harvard University and visiting fellow at Boston College (CRR), Oxford University (IA) and the University of Munich (CES).

Joan’s teaching and research is at the borders of economics and other social sciences (mainly politics and sociology). Specifically, he has specialised on the economic analysis of social policies (primarily health care policy and population health) , the economic analysis of social behaviour ( identity, esteem, ideas, culture) and the fiscal and political design of European social protection institutions.

Dr Costa-Font earned two undergraduate and research degrees, in economics (1996) and law (1997), both from Universitat de Barcelona, 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. During his time at the University of Barcelona, he set up the Centre for Economic Analysis and Social Policies, completed a third degree in political science and carried out research and consultancy for the World Bank and the European Commission. He joined the LSE faculty in 2007, initially as a lecturer, and later as senior lecturer (2010) and then reader (2012) in Political Economy. 

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Social Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Social Policy

Research Programs

  • Political Accountability in Health and Social Care
  • Behaviour beyond Self Interest (Identity, Culture, Ideas)
  • Wellbeing Disadvantage and Intergenerational Transmission
  • Financing Health and Long Term Care
  • Economic Returns to Health Investments and Behaviours

Positions Held


SA4F7 The Economics of European Social Policy
EU439 Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in EU Member States

Recent Publications 

For a more extensive and detailed list of publications, please see Joan's LSE Research Online, European Institute and RePEc profiles, as well as his Google Scholar Citations.