Dr Joan Costa-Font

Dr Joan Costa-Font

Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy

Department of Health Policy

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Wednesday 10.30-12.00 (via LFY)
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Key Expertise
Ageing and Long Term Care, Behavioral Incentives, Health Disadvantage

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 his research is available at the LSE blogs and Vox.eu.

Publications here and here




BSc Economics, University of Barcelona, Law and Politics, UNED
MA Economics, Pompeu Fabra University
MSc Health Economics (with distinction), LSE
PhD Economics (cum laude), University of Barcelona  
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, LSE



Co-Programme Director, MSc Global Health Policy
Programme Director, MSc European Studies (Research)
HP429 Behavioural Incentive Design in Health and Health Care
HP500 Advanced Health Economics and Health Policy
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