Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Staff Biography

Research Associate - Wellbeing
Tel:  020 7955 6484
Room/Desk: LSE  COW 3.11A

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Social Protection, Social Economics, Public Choice, Health, Aging


Dr Costa-Font’s main research and teaching is broadly on the economic analysis of social protection, policy and change. He works at LSE as an Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy in the Department of Social Policy . Joan has held various visiting and research posts at Harvard University, Boston College, Oxford University and the University of Munich among other universities. He teaches ‘Economics of European Social Policy’(SA4F7) and other courses. Outside LSE he is affiliated to CESIfo and the the Health Econometrics and Data group (University of York).

Current Areas of Research:

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

2.Political and fiscal welfare state design. Interaction between public and private health and long term care insurance. Partnership insurance. Decentralization, globalization, liberalisation, provider choice, middle class capture and participation in health care systems.

3. Intergenerational transmission of wellbeing. Health inequality and the sources of health and wellbeing advantage. Health mobility. Well-being and wealth at old Age. Adoptee studies of health transmission. 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:

  • 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)