Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL)

We contribute to the understanding of ageing challenges on the health system and of how policy can improve healthy ageing.

Dr Joan Costa-i-Font, Team Leader, AHIL

The Ageing and Health Incentives Lab is a research unit that carries out research to find the most adequate solutions to the challenges of ageing and health inequality with an international perspective. We conduct economic and interdisciplinary research and policy analysis to understand the deep-rooted causes of health inequality across the life course and the effects of ageing on health and the health system, focusing on behavioural motivations, funding, and institutional constraints. Our mission is to produce evidence to improve the design of public policies that impact on ageing and health disadvantage.

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Research Areas 

  • Economics of healthy ageing
  • Health behaviours in old age
  • Old age health care planning
  • Design of caregiving incentives
  • Wellbeing in old age
  • Attitudes to health inequality
  • Health disadvantage across the life course



Dr Joan Costa-Font (Team Leader)
Associate Professor of Health Economics
Department of Health Policy

+44 (0)20 7955 6484




Dr Miqdad Asaria
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow
LSE Health

+44 (0)20 7955 6377




Berkay Özcan
Associate Professor of Social Policy
Department of Social Policy




SangJune Kim
PhD student
Department of Health Policy





Nilesh Raut 
PhD Student
Department of Health Policy





Adelina Comas Herrera
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow
Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC)

Room COW.G.02
+44 (0)20 7955 7306




Dr Elisabetta De Cao
Assistant Professor
LSE Department of Health Policy

Room COW.3.06
+44 (0)20 7955 6734



Dr Emily Freeman

Dr Emily Freeman
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow 
Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC)

Room COW.G.07
+44 (0)20 7106 1422




Dr Cristina Hernandez Quevedo
Research Fellow
LSE Health

Room COW.4.05
+44 (0)20 7955 6342


AHIL is recruiting. Please contact Joan Costa-i-Font for further information on how to get involved.


External Associates

  • Jannis Stöckel – Visiting Scholar, PhD Candidate, Erasmus University
  • Anna Nicińska – Visiting Scholar, Assistant Professor Warsaw University of Economics
  • Ricardo Pagan – Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor University of Malaga 
  • Cristina Vilaplana – Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor, Universidad de Murcia
  • Osea Guitella – Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Xuezu Shi – Asistant Professor, UIBE Beijing 

Steering Committee


Ageing and the Health System

Costa-Font, J and C. Vilaplana (2020) “More than One Red Herring’? Heterogeneous Ageing Effects on Healthcare Use”. Health Economics, 2020, 29: 8-29.

Costa-Font, J  Jimenez-Martin, S and Vilaplana, C (2018)  “Does Long-Term Care Subsidisation Reduce Hospital Admissions?”. Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 58(1): 43–66

Long Term Care Funding

Costa-Font, J Frank, R and Akaichi, F (2020).  "Uninsured by Choice? Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Long Term Care Insurance". Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 2020, 173: 422-434.

 Costa-Font, J  Frank, R and Swartz, K “Access to Long Term Care after a Wealth Shock: Evidence from the Housing Bubble and Burst”. Journal of Economics of Ageing, 2019, 13: 103-110.

Bergquist, B Costa-Font, J  and Swartz, K (2018).  “Long-Term Care Partnerships: Are they ‘Fit for Purpose’?”. Journal of Economics of Ageing, 2018, 12: 151-158.

Costa-Font. J and Vilaplana , C (2017). “Does the Expansion of Public Long-Term Care Funding Affect Savings Behaviour?” (with Vilaplana, C). Fiscal Studies, 2017, 38(3): 417-443.

Caregiving Incentives

Costa-Font, J, Jimenez-Martin, S and Viola, A (2021).  “Fatal Underfunding? Explaining COVID-19 Mortality in Spanish Nursing Homes” (with Jimenez-Martin, S and Viola, A) . Journal of Aging and Health, 2021, in press.

Costa-Font. J (2017). “Institutionalisation Aversion and the Willingness to Pay for Home Health Care”. Journal of Housing Economics, 2017, 38: 62-69.

Costa-Font, J with Karlsson, M and H Øien  (2016). “Careful in the Crisis? Determinants of Older People’s Informal Care Receipt in Crisis-Struck European Countries”. Health Economics, 2016, 25(S2): 25-42.

Costa-Font, J and Courbage, C (2015). “Crowding Out of Long-Term Care Insurance: Evidence from European Expectations Data” (with Courbage, C). Health Economics, 2015, 24: S74–S88. 

Costa-Font, J and Courbage, C , Swartz, K (2015). “Financing Long Term Care: Ex-Ante, Ex-Post or Both?”. Health Economics, 2015, 24: S45–S57.

Constraints and Incentives for Health Behaviours

Costa-Font, J and Jofre-Bonet,M and Legrand, J (2020). “Vertical Transmission of Overweight: Evidence from English Adoptees”. Food Policy, 2020, 97, 101972,

Costa-Font, J and Gyori, Mario (2020). “The Weight of Patriarchy? The effect of gender empowerment on obesity gaps in the Middle East” (with Mario Gyori). Social Science and Medicine, 2020, 266, 113353

Costa-Font, J and Jofre-Bonet,M  (2020). “Is the Intergenerational Transmission of Overweight ‘Gender Assortative’?” Economics and Human Biology, 2020, 39, 100907. 

Costa-Font, J and Fleche, S (2020). “Child Sleep and Maternal Labour Market Outcomes”. Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69,102258 

Espie, A, Luik, et al Costa-Font, J (2019). “Effect of digital cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia on health, psychological well-being, and sleep-related quality of life: a randomized clinical trial”, 2019, JAMA Psychiatry, 76 (1). 1-10.

Cheng, T, Costa-Font, J and Powdthavee, N (2018). “Do you have to win it to fix it? A longitudinal study of lottery winners and their health care demand”. American Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 4(1): 26-50.

Costa-Font, J and Ljunge, M (2018). "The ‘Healthy Worker Effect’: Do Healthy People Climb the Occupational Ladder?". Economics and Human Biology, 2018, 28 (1): 119-131. 

Health Inequality

Costa-Font, J., Hernandez-Quevedo, C., & Sato, A. (2018). A health ‘Kuznets’ curve’? Cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence on concentration indices’. Social indicators research136(2), 439-452.

Costa-Font, J., Hernandez-Quevedo, C and Jiménez-Rubio, D (2014).  “Income Inequalities in Unhealthy Lifestyles in England and Spain”. Economics and Human Biology, 2014, 13: 66-75.

Working papers

1.     Asaria, Miqdad & Costa-Font, Joan & Cowell, Frank A., 2021. "How Does Exposure to COVID-19 Influence Health and Income Inequality Aversion?," IZA Discussion Papers 14103, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

2.     Costa-Font, Joan & Nicinska, Anna, 2020. "Comrades in the Family? Soviet Communism and Informal Family Insurance," IZA Discussion Papers 13850, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

3.     Costa-Font, Joan & Gyori, Mario, 2020. "Can Unearned Income Make Us Fitter? Evidence from Lottery Wins," IZA Discussion Papers 13903, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

4.     Joan Costa-i-Font & Belen Saenz de Miera Juarez, 2018. "Working Times and Overweight: Tight Schedules, Weaker Fitness?," CESifo Working Paper Series 7174, CESifo.


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