Dr Joan Costa-i-Font


Dr Joan Costa-Font works at LSE as an Associate Professor of (‘Reader’ in) Political Economy, in 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 UCL Economics department, Boston College (CRR), Oxford University (IA) and the University of Munich (CES).

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 Agenda

Joan's research interests (refer to empirical, theoretical and policy questions that) fall at the intersection of ‘health economics’,  ‘political economy’ and 'social and behavioural economics', and contribute to at least one of the four following research programs below:

i) Health and long-term care financing,
(ii) the origins and consequences of health disadvantage,
(iii) political agency and its effects on health and health care, and
(iv) the social formation of health and other behaviour

Check his website for a more detailed description.

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.