Joan Costa-Font is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and visiting fellow at Boston College, Oxford University and UCL. In addition to IZA, he collaborates with CESifo as a research fellow.Before joining LSE he taught microeconomics and health economics at the University of Barcelona, and he is currently visiting professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Paris Dauphine University.

Joan’s primary field of research is 'health and ageing economics', but his work contributes more generally to 'political economy' and 'behavioural and social economics'.His wider academic interests revolve around understanding how best to design social protection programs, and especially, the logic behind the social formation of preferences. So far his research has appeared in all the main field journals in health economics (e.g., American Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine), and in a number of general audience journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Economic Policy) and in interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Risk Analysis, Health Policy, Food Policy) among other.

Joan earned an MSc Econ (UPF), an MSc Health Econ (LSE, with distinction), a Ph.D. Econ (UB) followed by a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship (LSE). In addition, he holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics, law & politics.

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



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11259

Understanding the malleability of gender norms is crucial to address gender inequalities. We study the effect of parenting daughters on a gender role attitude relating to the traditional male breadwinner model: whether the husband should earn and the wife stay at home. We control for other covariates that capture alternative...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 11180

Uniform health care delivered by a mainstream public insurer – such as the National Health Service (NHS), seldom satisfies heterogeneous demands for care, and some unsatisfied share of the population either use private health care, or purchase private insurance (PHI). One potential mechanism to partially satisfy heterogeneous preferences for health...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8908

We exploit lottery wins to investigate the effects of exogenous changes to individuals' income on health care demand in the United Kingdom. This strategy allows us to estimate lottery income elasticities for a range of health care services that are publicly and privately provided. The results indicate that lottery winners...