Dr Joan Costa-Font

Dr Joan Costa-Font

Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6484
Room No
COW 1.06
Office Hours
Friday 11.00-12.00 MT and Monday 10.00-11.00 LT
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Key Expertise
Ageing, Health Behaviour, Inequality, Political Interdependence

About me

Dr Joan Costa-Font is an Associate Professor (‘Reader’) at the LSE. Joan is an economist affiliated with CESIfo in Munich and IZA Bonn.  He has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at UCL, Boston College, and Oxford University. Before joining LSE in 2007, he taught economics at the University of Barcelona, and has been visiting professor at Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine University. At LSE, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2010) and then Reader (2012).

Current research

The core of my current research is on health economics, and examines institutional and/or behavioral explanations underpinning (i) healthy ageing and the design of long-term care programs, (ii) health behavior and inequality, and (iii) the political economy of health systems. A policy friendly version of some of my research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

Publications here and here



BSc degrees in Economics (1996), Law (1998) & Politics (2003)
MA Economics, Pompeu Fabra University
MSc IHP-Health Economics (with distinction), LSE
PhD Economics (cum laude), University of Barcelona 
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, LSE


Program Director, MSc International Health Policy
Program Director, MSc European Studies (Research)
HP429 Behavioral Incentive Design in Health and Health Care
HP426 Applied Health Econometrics
EU439 Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in the European Union
EU453 Political Economy of European Welfare States

LSE affiliations

Research Associate, LSE Health
Research Associate, International Inequalities Institute

External affiliations

Fellow, CESifo Munich
Fellow, IZA Bonn
Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG)
External Consultant, Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)
External Research Fellow of the Center for Health Economics (CHE) at UNNC (China)

Other professional activities

Member of the Arrow Award Committee, International Health Economic Association (IHEA)
Visiting Professor, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Expertise Details

behavioural incentive design; economics of ageing; health system design; health disadvantage; health care federalism; political economy; health disadvantage; health economics; health insurance; identity economics; ageing; health behaviours