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
LSE Consulting projects:
Children's Wellbeing and Development Outcomes for Ages 5, 7 and 11, and their Predictors
March 2016 - April 2018
Authors: Mireia Borrell-Porta, Kerris Cooper, Joan Costa-Font, Chiara Orsini, Berkay Ozcan & Lucinda Platt
Client: Public Health England
Social Policy Reforms in the EU: A Cross-national Comparison
Authors: Jan Arpe, Simona Milio & Andrej Stuchlik (with contributions from: Will Bartlett, Anne Marie Brady, Anne Corbett, Joan Costa-Font, Bob Hancké, Lamia Irfan, Bregtje Kamphuis, Lisa McKenzie, Tanguy Séné & Pieter Tuytens)
A Common Disease with Uncommon Treatment: European Guideline Variations and access to innovative therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Client: Policy Analysis Centre
End client: Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd
Authors: Tony Hockley & Joan Costa-Font with a foreword by Alistair McGuire
Measures to Promote the Situation of Roma EU Citizens in the European Union
Client: European Parliament - DG for Internal Policies
Authors: Will Bartlett, Roberta Benini & Claire Gordon (with assistance of: Laura Cashman, Sarah Cemlyn, Joan Costa-Font, Florin Moisa, Johan Gabrielsson, Gregor Grienig, Argyris Mamarelis, Georgios Niarchos, Ovidiu Voicu, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Christophe Robert, Andrew Ryder, Sorin Cace, Daniela Tarnovschi, Todor Todorov, Kyriaki Topidi, Peter Vermeersch, Erzsebet Vajodovich-Visy)
Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Policy in Turkey
Client: New Hope in Health Foundation (SUVAK)
Authors: Panos Kanavos, İsmail Üstel & Joan Costa-Font
The Economic Impact of Pharmaceutical Parallel Trade in European Union Member States: A Stakeholder Analysis
Client: Johnson & Johnson
Authors: Panos Kanavos, Joan Costa-i-Font, Sherry Merkur & Marin Gemmill