Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

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Dr Joan Costa-Font (Joan, pronounced as ‘Jwan”) 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 research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and LSE Health as well as CESifo network research fellow. He has been Harkness fellow at Harvard University and visiting fellow at Boston College (CRR), Oxford University (IA) and 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 in the areas of health and ageing - 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. He has just co-edited a special issue of the journal Health Economics on the ‘Economics of Long Term Care’ and a book on ‘Social Economics’ (MIT Press) out in 2015.

Research interests

  • Political Economy of Health and Social Protection
  • Economic theory of Social Motivation (Identity, Culture, Ideas)
  • Health inequality  - Behavioural Origins and Measurement
  • Financing Health and Long Term Care

Positions held

For a detailed list of publications, please see Joan's LSE Research Online Profile and his Google Scholar Citations.

Main Teaching (Courses convened)

SA4F7 The Economics of European Social Policy

EU439 Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in EU Member States