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Staff Biography

Research Associate - Wellbeing
Tel:  020 7955 6484
Email: j.costa-font@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  COW 3.11A

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Social Economics, Political Economy, Health Economics and Social Policy


Dr Costa-Font’s works at LSE as an Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy in the Department of Social Policy and the European Institute. Joan has held various visiting and research posts at Harvard University, Boston College, Oxford University and the University of Munich among other universities. His main research and teaching is broadly on issues related to (i) the economics of social policy and (ii) the political economy (including public choice and social economic analysis of) social programs and institutions. Outside LSE he is affiliated to CESIfo and the Health Econometrics and Data group.

Current Areas of Research:

1. Social Economics - Social behaviour formation. The role of ideas, esteem culture, social personality, identity in incentivising social and health-related behaviours. The interaction between social and pecuniary incentives.

2.Political Economy - Political and fiscal welfare state design. Public and private health and long-term care insurance interactions. Partnership insurance. Decentralization, Provider choice, accountability and participation in health care systems.

3. Health Economics and Social Policy - Intergenerational transmission of wellbeing. Health inequality and the sources of health and wellbeing advantage. Health Behaviour (Obesity, Sleep). Early Life Disadvantage, Health mobility. Wellbeing at Old Age. Cultural transmission of health outcomes and behaviours.


  • Marie Curie Fellowship (Health Economics), LSE
  • PhD Economics, MSc (Econ) International Health Policy (with Public Economics), LSE (with distinction)
  • BA in Economics, Univeristy of Barcelona
  • BA (part time) in Law & BA (part time) in Political Science


  • Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy,2012
  • Bayer Health Economics Award in 2003 and 2011
  • Brian Abel Smith, Best MSc student Award, 2000

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • European Identity and Redistributive Preferences
    Joan  Costa Font, Frank Cowell, July 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1362: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Informal Care and the Great Recession
    Joan  Costa Font, Martin Karlsson, Henning Oien, June 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1360: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Do You Have To Win It To Fix It? A Longitudinal Study of Lottery Winners and Their Health Care Demand
    Terence C. Cheng, Joan  Costa Font, Nattavudh Powdthavee, March 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1339: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Vertical Transmission of Overweight: Evidence From English Adoptees
    Joan  Costa Font, Mireia Jofre-Bonet, Julian Le Grand, January 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1324: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Not all Incentives Wash out the Warm Glow: The Case of Blood Donation Revisited
    Joan  Costa Font, Mireia Jofre-Bonet, Steven T. Yen, July 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1157: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Anorexia, Body Image and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Sample of European Women
    Joan Costa Font, Mireia Jofre-Bonet, November 2011
    Paper No' CEPDP1098: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey
    Joan  Costa Font, Frank A Cowell,
    Paper No' PEP 15: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)