Institute of public finance
Public Sector Economics Journal
Public Sector Economics
2022 Conference

Keynote speakers


Francesca Colombo, OECD, Paris, France 

Francesca Colombo, M.Sc., is Head of the Health Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. She oversees OECD work on health, which aims at providing internationally comparable data on health systems and applying economic analysis to health policies, advising policy makers, stakeholders and citizens on how to respond to demands for more and better health care and make health systems more people centred. Major activities of the OECD Health Division cover the response to the COVID-19 crisis and solutions to make health systems more resilient; trends in health spending; measuring of health care outcomes, activities and inputs; health care quality policies; assessing health system efficiency and value for money; health workforce; long-term care systems and ageing; the economics of public health; pharmaceutical policies, new technologies, big data and Artificial Intelligence in health. Mrs Colombo has over 25 years of experience leading international activities on health and health systems. Over her career, she travelled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, advising governments on health system policies and reforms.


Joan Costa-i-Font, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

Dr Joan (pronounced ‘Jwan’) Costa-Font is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Department of Health Policy. He is the co-director of the MSc International Health Policy, and the bulk of his current teaching and research is on behavioural health economics, as well as issues on political economy and ageing and caregiving. He is affiliated with the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Health where he leads the Ageing and Health Incentives Lab (AHIL) and works across global economic research networks such as the Centre for Economic Studies (CESifo since 2008) and Institute of Labour Economics (IZA since 2017). He has taught at the University of Barcelona, Universita Cattolica, and Paris Dauphine, and been Harkness Fellow at Harvard University and held visiting research positions at Oxford University (2009), Boston College (2013) and UCL (2016). His expert areas are the global challenges of population ageing and health inequalities. He has three board research areas (i) healthy ageing and caregiving, (ii) health behaviours and inequality and (iii) governance and health; and has published widely in economics and other social science journals. 



George Leeson, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

George Leeson is a Professorial Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and a Visiting Professor of Demography at the University of Guanajuato-Leon in Mexico. His first degree was in Mathematics, followed by a Masters in Applied Statistics, both from Oxford. His Doctoral work was in Demography, firstly at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistics, University of Copenhagen, before returning to Oxford. Professor Leeson is co-editor of the Journal of Population Ageing and Population Horizons. He is Principal Investigator with Professor Sarah Harper on the Global Ageing Study. His current research includes the demographic inequalities of global ageing, the changing populations of Europe and Latin America, migration and migrants in Europe, causes and consequences of depopulation in Central and Eastern Europe, and future prospects for longevity. 

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