LSE, UK, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Health Economics, London School of Economics (LSE), UK
Health economics, economics of aging, behavioral economics, political economy
Harkness Fellow, Harvard University, USA (2012–2013); Consultant, The World Bank (2006, 2010); Associate Professor (2015), Reader (2012), Senior Lecturer (tenured - 2010), Lecturer (2007), London School of Economics (LSE), UK
PhD in Economics, University of Barcelona, 2001
"Uninsured by choice? Evidence from a choice experiment on long term care insurance." Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation 173 (2020): 422–434 (with R. Frank and F. Akaichi).
“Do public caregiving subsidies and supports affect the provision of care and transfers?” Journal of Health Economics 84 (2022): 102639 (with C. Vilaplana and S. Jimenez).
“Biased survival expectations and behaviours: Does domain specific information matter? Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (2022) (with C. Vilaplana).
“Does long-term care subsidisation reduce hospital admissions?” Journal of Health Economics 58:1 (2018): 43–66 (with S. Jimenez-Martin and C. Vilaplana).
“Child sleep and maternal labour market outcomes.” Journal of Health Economics 69 (2020) (with S. Fleche).
Caregiving for older adults is detrimental to caregivers’ well-being and requires policy interventions to support themJoan Costa-Font, June 2023Some studies estimate that the value of time spent on unpaid caregiving is 2.7% of the GDP of the EU. Such a figure exceeds what EU countries spend on formal long-term care as a share of GDP (1.5%). Adult caregiving can exert significant harmful effects on the well-being of caregivers and can exacerbate the existing gender inequalities in employment. To overcome the detrimental cognitive costs of fulfilling the duty of care to older adults, focus should be placed on the development of support networks, providing caregiving subsidies, and enhancing labor market legislation that brings flexibility and level-up pay.MoreLess
Insufficient sleep affects employment and productivityJoan Costa-Font, November 2022Spending time sleeping not only improves individuals’ well-being, but it can influence employment outcomes and productivity. Sleep can be disrupted by company schedules and deadlines, extended working times, and several individual and household decisions. Labor market regulation and corporate strategies should factor in the immediate effect of insufficient sleep on employee fatigue and cognitive performance, and the associated effects on employment disruption and productivity loss. Sleep can be influenced by “sleep friendly” employment regulations, technology nudges, monetary incentives, and subsidies for sleeping.MoreLess