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
Wednesday 10:00 to 11:00
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Catalan, English, Italian, Spanish
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 career, 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. Recently, Joan is a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Economics for Environment, Climate Change and Health (WHO TAG-EconECH). He has served as an editor ( Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy), associate editor (Evaluation review) and guest editor (Health Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy) of a number of journals.



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, Medication Outcomes Centre, University of California San Francisco

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

My research

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