Dr Joan Costa-Font


Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy in the Department of Health Policy and at the European Institute

Joan Costa-i-Font

Dr Joan Costa-Font works at LSE as an Associate Professor of (‘Reader’ in) Political Economy, in the Department of Health Policy and at 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. He later joined the LSE faculty in 2007, initially as a lecturer, and later as senior lecturer (2010) and then reader (2012) in Political Economy. Currently, he is co-director of the PhD programme in Health Economics and Health Policy, and carries occasional consultancy for the World Bank, the Latin-American Development Bank, OECD, European Commission and private originations. 


Expertise: behavioural incentive design; economics of aging; health disadvantage; health economics; health insurance; identity economics; intergenerational transmission; lifestyles; long term care; political economy of health care; social economics


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