Dr Joan Costa-Font

Dr Joan Costa-Font

Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy

Department of Health Policy

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About me

Dr Joan Costa-Font is an Associate Professor (‘Reader’) of the Department of Health Policy and the European Institute at the LSE. Joan has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at Paris Dauphine University, UCL, Boston College, Oxford University, Universita Cattolica, and the University of Munich (LMU).

Dr Costa-Font earned three undergraduate and research degrees, in economics, law, and political science from Barcelona, a master’s degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, an MSc (Econ) in international health policy (specialising in health economics and public economics) and a PhD in economics (specialised in health economics). He earned a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship based at LSE and before joining LSE in 2007, he taught at the University of Barcelona, where he was Associate Professor of Applied Economics. At LSE, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2010) and then Reader (2012).


Current research

The core of Dr Costa-Font's research is on the economics of health and ageing and examines institutional and/or behavioural explanations underpinning (i) the design of health and long-term care programs, and (ii) the origins and economic consequences of health disadvantageHowever, his broader interests refer to empirical or theoretical debates in political economy, population and behavioural economics. More specifically, he is interested in studying how best to design social protection programmes and the logic behind the social formation of preferences. Most of Dr Costa-Font's work is written for both field and general audience journals in economics, interdisciplinary social science, and public policy. A policy friendly version of some of some of his research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

Publications here and here




BSc Econ, University of Barcelona (1996)
LLM,University of Barcelona (1998)
MA Econ, Pompeu Fabra University (1999)
MSc IHP Health Economics (with distinction), LSE (2000) 
PhD Econ, University of Barcelona (2001)
PostDoc (Marie Curie Fellow), LSE (2003)



Programme Director, MSc Global Health Policy
Programme Director, MSc European Studies (Research)
HP429 Behavioural Incentive Design in Health and Health Care
EU439 Political and Fiscal Integration and Disintegration in the European Union


LSE Affiliations

Research Associate, LSE Health
Research Associate, International Inequalities Institute


External affiliations

Fellow, CESifo Munich
Fellow, IZA Bonn



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