Joan Costa-Font is a Professor of Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has been a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at Boston College, Oxford University, Sciences Po, and UCL, and has taught at Paris Dauphine University, the University of Barcelona, and Universita Cattolica. In addition to IZA, he collaborates with CESifo as a research fellow.

The core of his research concentrates on examining (i) healthy ageing and caregiving and (ii) the economic origins and consequences of health disadvantage (broadly understood), including behavioural incentives for and institutional constraints on health, health care, inequality, and household behaviour. Most of his research can be regularly found in all the main field journals in health economics (e.g., Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, American Journal of Health Economics), behavioural economics (e.g., Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), as well as journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Review, Economica), and interdisciplinary sciences (e.g., Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, PNAS).

Joan has earned three undergraduate degrees (BSc, Licenciado) in economics, law, and political science (Barcelona), both an MA in Economics (UPF) and an MSc (Econ) in International Health Policy (LSE, with distinction & best student prize, 2000), as well as a Ph.D. in Economics (UB), followed by a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship (LSE).

Joan Costa-Font joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2017.

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IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15961
published as 'Trusting the Health System and COVID 19 Restriction Compliance' in: Economics and Human Biology, 2023, 49, 101235
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15741
Joan Costa-Font, Sarah Flèche, Ricardo Pagan
published online in: Journal of Health Economics, 20 November 2023, 102840
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14570
Joan Costa-Font, Sarah Flèche, Ricardo Pagan
published online in: Economica, 10 January 2024
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13903
published online as 'Income Windfalls and Overweight Evidence from Lottery Wins' in: Empirical Economics, 03 December 2022
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13850
published online in: Kyklos, 30 June 2023
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12987
published in: PLoS ONE, 2019, 13 (9), e0202290
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11774
revised version published as 'Do Public Caregiving Subsidies and Supports affect the Provision of Care and Transfers?' in: Journal of Health Economics, 2022, 84,102639
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11755
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2020, 69, 1022589
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11702
Joan Costa-Font, Belen Saenz de Miera Juarez
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11259
revised version published as 'The 'mighty girl' effect: does parenting daughters alter attitudes towards gender norms?' in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2019, 71 (1), 24 - 46
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11180
published as 'Does Devolution Influence the Choice and Quality of Public (vs Private) Health Care?' in: Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organisation, 2022, 202, 632-653
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