Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font

Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Economics

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6484
Room No
COW 1.06
Office Hours
Friday 10:00-11:00
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Key Expertise
Health Economics, Behavioural Economics, Political Economy

About me

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Health Economics,  the team leader of the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL), and a faculty associate of the International Inequalities Institute. He is network research fellow at CESifo (since 2008), HEDG (since 2007) and IZA (since 2017). He has worked as Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, and has held visiting research positions at University of Munich (2008), Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016).

Joan is a policy-oriented academic economist, with his main research and teaching focus being on the economics of health behaviours, ageing and health disadvantage. His current projects are organised on two broad programs on (i) healthy ageing and caregiving, and (ii) health behaviour and inequality. Other research explores related questions that contribute to the understanding of the theory and evidence of either health economics, and/or behavioural economics and/or political economy. 

He regularly publishes in all the main field journals in health economics and behavioural economics, as well as general audience journals in economics and interdisciplinary social science. He has published numerous book chapters and reports for several international governments and organisations, and in 2020 he published a new book on political incentives in health care, published by Cambridge University Press, The Political Economy of Health and Health Care: the Rise of the Patient Citizen.

Joan has earned both a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the LSE. He has been principal investigator in several research projects and has served as a consultant for a number of international organisations (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the European Commission), and been on national (NIHR) and international research committees. He has taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and Paris Dauphine. He has held visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016). 



Programme Co-Director, MSc International Health Policy
HP429 Behavioral Incentives in Health and Health Care
HP426 Applied Health Econometrics
HP433 Health Care Regulation
HP4D6E Behavioural Insights for Health Incentive Design


Fellow, CESifo Munich
Fellow, IZA Bonn
Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) 

Expertise Details

Ageing; Long Term Care; Behavioural Incentives; Health Inequality; Health Behaviours; Overweight; Sleep; Nutrition; Smoking; Alcohol; Institutional Reforms and Health Disadvantage; Family Health Behaviours; Gender and Health

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