Professor Joan Costa-Font

  • Professor of Health Economics
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, UK
  • 28/02/2022
Advisor, Project lead Health Inequalities Psychological and Behavioural Science

Personal Summary

Professor Joan Costa-Font works at LSE as a Professor of  Health Economics, and team leader of the ageing and health incentives unit (AHIL) in the Department of Health Policy where he is  Co-director of the MSc International Health Policy. Joan has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and currently, he is a CESifo and IZA network research fellow, and has been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and visiting fellow at UCL, Boston College, Oxford University (IA) and the University of Munich (CES).

Professor Costa-Font earned three undergraduate and research degrees, in economics, law and political science a master's degree in economic analysis from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and an MSc (Econ) in international health policy (specialising in health economics and public economics). After completing a PhD in economics, in 2001 he earned a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship based at LSE and taught microeconomics and health economics as a tenured associate professor at the University of Barcelona before joining LSE in 2007, initially as a lecturer, and later as senior lecturer (2010) and then reader (2012). He has been a consultant to the WHO,  the World Bank, the Latin-American Development Bank, OECD, European Commission and private originations. 

Expertise: behavioural incentives; ageing, long-term care, health disadvantage; healthy lifestyles; preventative health care, health behaviours (smoking, obesity, sleep, food, exercise).

LSE Consulting projects:


Department of Health Policy