Professor Joan Costa-i-Font

Professor Joan Costa-i-Font

Professor of Health Economics

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6484
Room No
COW 1.06
Office Hours
Thursday 10:00 to 11:00 MT & 14:00 to 15:00 on Friday in LT
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Key Expertise
Health Economics, Behavioural Economics, Political Economy

About me

Professor Joan Costa-i-Font is a Professor of 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’s research is mostly policy oriented, he draws on insights of health, behaviour and political economics to study ‘ageing and health disadvantage’. His current projects are organised on four broad programs (i) the economics of healthy ageing and caregiving,  (ii) behavioural incentives and health behaviour,  (iii) health disadvantage and inequality and (iv) the political economy and health and social programs.

He regularly publishes in all the main field journals in health economics, behavioural economics and political economy, as well as general audience journals in economics, interdisciplinary social science, medical and general interest journals. He has completed numerous book chapters and reports for several international governments and organisations. Behavioural Incentive Design for Health Policy: Steering for Health is his most recent book on behavioural health economics out in 2022/23.  In 2020 he finished The Political Economy of Health and Health Care: the Rise of the Patient Citizen on political incentives in health care, both published by Cambridge University Press. Recently, he has edited and contributed to the Handbook of Political Economy of Health Systems (Elgar Edward) and Behavioural Economics & Policy for Pandemics (Cambridge University Press) both out in 2023.

Joan has earned both a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the LSE. He is a visiting scholar in policy evaluation at  Sciences Po in Paris in 2022/23. He has been the principal investigator in several research projects and has served as a consultant for a number of international (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the European Commission), national organisations (Cabinet office, NIHR, Public Health England, House of Lords). He currently serves as the book review editor of Behavioural Public Policy and is one of the associate editors of Evaluation Review.



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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