||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 recently, UCL and the Università Cattolica. In addition to IZA, he collaborates with CESifo as a research fellow.
Joan’s primary field of research is health economics, with a specific focus on aging, insurance, and lifestyles. In addition, his work contributes to the analysis of institutions and societal influences on behavior. His current projects study the labor market effects of caregiving and prevention, alongside behavioral and institutional explanations for health insurance and inequality. 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), and in a number of general audience and specialised journals in economics (e.g., Economica, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Economic Policy) and interdisciplinary social science (e.g., Public Choice,Social Science and Medicine, Economic Geography, Risk Analysis).
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 and politics.
Joan Costa-Font joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2017.