Joan Costa-Font

LSE, UK, and IZA, Germany

This project is important because typically labor market reforms do not consider the knock on effect on sleep time, which provides an important mechanism to explain potential effects of employment on health and well-being

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Health Economics, London School of Economics (LSE), UK

Research interest

Health economics, economics of aging, behavioral economics, political economy

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • "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).