Dr Joan Costa-I-Font
Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy
Department of Social Policy
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6484
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 Center for Economic Performance (CEP) and LSE Health as well as CESifo network research fellow, and a research associate at the Department of Health Policy and Management, at Harvard University where he has been ‘Harkness Fellow’.
Joan’s research falls broadly on the Economics of Public Policy (also known as ‘Political Economy’ within economic audiences). More specifically he engages in both detailed questions (requiring careful economic analyses), and bigger picture’ inquiries on he design and reform of health and social intervention. His current research projects aim at understanding (and measuring) the influence of both social (e.g., cultural transmission, ideas, identity, status, self-image, altruism, motivational crowding) and institutional incentives (e.g. government federalization and integration, extension of provider choice, partnership design, institutional crowding out) on insurance and redistribution in the context of health, health care and care for an aging society.
Dr Joan Costa-Font has recently edited and contributed to “Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care" (with Scott Greer, University of Michigan and published by Palgrave) and the “LSE Companion to health Policy” (with Alistair McGuire, LSE and published by Edward Elgar). He co-edits the journal Applied Economics, Perspectives and Policy (a leading journal in applied economics), and assists a range of academic journals in his areas of specialism including the journal Social Policy and Administration where he is member of the editorial board, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and the CESIfo Economic Studies where he has acted as special issue editor. In 2013-14 he will be co-editing a special issue of the journal Health Economics on the ‘Economics of Long Term Care’ and a book on ‘Social Economics’. The above projects result from the organization of a Brocher Foundation Workshop on the Economics of Long Term Care in Geneva (December 2013) and a CESIfo conference on Social Economics (Munich, March 2014).
Projects by Research Subfields
Public Finance – Health and Long Term Care System Design
Health Economics – Inequalities in Health, Health Care and Healthy Lifestyles
Social Economics - Social Motivation, Ideas and Redistribution
Social Policy - Social Transmission and Life Course Inequalities
Older Projects by Research Subfield
Economics of Integration - Economic and Fiscal Design of Political Institutions
Behavioral Public Policy - Health and Social Risk Behavior Formation
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