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, Paris Dauphine University and UCL. In addition to IZA, he collaborates with CESifo as a research fellow.

The core of Joan’s research is on the economics and political economy of 'health and ageing'. His 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, SSM), and a number of general audience and specialised journals in economics (e.g., Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Economic Policy), and social science (e.g., Public Choice, Risk Analysis, Health Policy, Food Policy).

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

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