Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

Associate Professor in Political Economy

Department of Health Policy

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About me

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the European Institute and in the Department of Health Policy, where he is co-director of the PhD programme in health economics and health policy.  He is a trained economist interested health, institutions, ageing and social behaviour. Before joining the LSE faculty in 2007, he was Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow at LSE (2000-2002) and then Associate Professor of Applied Economics (2002-2007) at the University of Barcelona. He has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University(2012-2013) and visiting fellow at the UCL Economics, Boston College, Oxford University and the University of Munich (CES).

He is affiliated with the LSE Health research centre and the International Inequalities Institute. In addition, he collaborates with the CESifo Network as a Research Fellow, and occasionally, with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Health Organisation, among 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.


behavioural incentive design; economics of ageing; health disadvantage; health and social protection; health economics; health insurance; identity economics; intergenerational transmission; lifestyles

My research