Professor Joan Costa-i-Font

Professor Joan Costa-i-Font

Professor of Health Economics

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6484
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COW 1.06
Office Hours
Wednesday 10:00 to 11:00
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Key Expertise
Health Economics, Behavioural Economics, Political Economy

About me

Professor Joan Costa-Font (he/him) 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 at LSE. He is a network research fellow at CESifo (since 2008) and IZA (since 2017) with a special interest in behavioural and political economy aspects of health and ageing, and public policy. He has taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, and has held visiting research positions at the University of Munich (2008), Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) , UCL (2016), and Sciences Po (2023). 

Earlier in his carrier Joan earned a Harkness Fellowship (2012) at Harvard University and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2001) at LSE. He has been the principal investigator in several research projects and served as a consultant for a number of international (the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the European Commission) and national (the (Cabinet Office, NIHR, Public Health England, and the House of Lords) organizations. Currently, he undertakes several editorial roles for journals such as Behavioural Public Policy and the Evaluation Review.

Joan’s research interests are organised on four broad programs (i) the economics of healthy ageing and caregiving, (ii) behavioural incentives and health inequality, the (iii) the political economy of health and health care and (iv) health and public policy evaluation. He regularly publishes in all the main field journals in health economics and policy (e.g., Journal of Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine ), behavioural economics, (e.g., Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation), political economy, inequality, policy, as well as general audience journals in economics (e.g., Economica, Journal of the European Economic Association), and interdisciplinary sciences (e.g., PNAS, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society). He has completed numerous book chapters and reports for several international governments and organisations.

He is the author of more than 100 articles, and recently, he has published  two books: "The Political Economy of Health and Health Care: The Rise of the Patient Citizen"  (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and "Behavioural Incentive Design for Health Policy: Steering for Health" (Cambridge University Press, 2023). He has edited several other books, including the Handbook of Political Economy of Health Systems (Elgar Edward) and Behavioural Economics & Policy for Pandemics (Cambridge University Press, 2024). Currently, he is writing with LSE colleagues two books on "the economics of ageing and caregiving", and a textbook on "metrics for health policy".



Programme Director, MSc International Health Policy 
Co-Director Executive Program Health Economics, Policy and Management 
HP429 Behavioral Incentives in Health and Health Care
HP426 Applied Health Econometrics
HP433 Health Care Regulation
HP4D6E Behavioural Insights for Health Incentive Design
HP500 Advanced Health Policy and Economics 


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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