Dr Joan  Costa-i-Font

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy

European Institute

+44 (0)20 7955 6484
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OLD 1.16
Office Hours
Monday 12.00 - 13.00
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About me

Dr Joan Costa-Font works at LSE as an Associate Professor of (‘Reader’ in) Political Economy, in the European Institute and the Department of Health Policy. Joan has been Harkness fellow at Harvard University, Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the LSE and visiting fellow at UCL Economics department, Boston College, Oxford University, and he is a CESifo (Munich) and IZA (Bonn) Research Fellow. Joan has occasionally acted as consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation and other organisations.

Current research

His research revolves around two main areas: the first one considers the financing of health and long-term care and especially, the interaction of public and private sectors, the effect of aging, technology, and economic shocks. The second focuses on the effect of behavioural (e.g. identity), institutional (e.g. regulation) and financial incentives for health and social behaviour, alongside its distributional and economic implications (e.g. effects on employment, productivity, savings, etc.)

His published work can be found in some leading journals in economics and economic policy (e.g. Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Economic Policy, Oxford Review of Economic Policy), in the main field journals in health economics (e.g. American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine), behavioural economics (e.g. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), political economy (e.g. Public Choice),as well as most of the main international policy journals publishing work on health and social protection, among others.


health disadvantage; health economics; health insurance; identity economics; intergenerational transmission; lifestyles; long term care; political agency; political economy of health care; social behaviour; social economics

My research