Joan Costa i Font

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    The Catalan independence movement is pro-EU – but will the EU accept it?

The Catalan independence movement is pro-EU – but will the EU accept it?

The crisis in Catalonia has thrown into sharp relief the choice facing the European Union, writes Joan Costa i Font. He argues Spain should quickly offer a binding referendum on Catalan independence. If Catalans reject an EU-backed offer, there could be an orderly secession. The Catalan independence movement is not like Brexit: most Catalan parties are keen to be part […]

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    How European integration influences the way we think about redistribution of income

How European integration influences the way we think about redistribution of income

What makes us more (or less) inclined to redistribute resources? Drawing on findings from a recent study, Joan Costa-Font and Frank Cowell write that European integration has a role in lessening national pride and is conducive to a more positive attitude toward income redistribution. They argue that when individuals identify themselves with a ‘broader other’, they are more willing […]

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Experts react: Catalan elections

Catalonia held elections on 27 September, with the poll being framed by several parties as a de facto vote on Catalan independence. The final result produced a majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament for pro-independence parties, with these parties securing 47.8 per cent of the votes cast. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reaction to the […]

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    Height increases in the Czech Republic and Slovakia illustrate the effect of self-determination on citizens’ well-being

Height increases in the Czech Republic and Slovakia illustrate the effect of self-determination on citizens’ well-being

What does a nation’s height tell us about the well-being of its citizens? As Joan Costa Font and Lucia Kossarova write, an increase in the average height of a population is regarded as an indicator of an improvement in well-being, with this effect being linked to changes in social conditions. Based on a case study of Czechoslovakia, they argue […]

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    Parallel trade in medicinal drugs is putting the welfare of EU patients at risk

Parallel trade in medicinal drugs is putting the welfare of EU patients at risk

The term ‘parallel trade’ refers to instances in which a product sold for a low price in one country is bought and transported to a second country in which the same product sells for a higher price, allowing for a profit to be made. Joan Costa-i-Font writes that the EU’s single market has helped facilitate this practice in Europe […]

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    Decentralised healthcare systems can help reduce regional inequalities in health provision

Decentralised healthcare systems can help reduce regional inequalities in health provision

A number of European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, have attempted to decentralise aspects of their healthcare systems in recent years, but what effect does this form of decentralisation have on care? Joan Costa-i-Font writes that decentralisation provides a potential mechanism for improving the equity of regional healthcare, without a significant additional cost to the public […]

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    Why the views of middle class citizens help explain increased choice in European healthcare systems

Why the views of middle class citizens help explain increased choice in European healthcare systems

Several countries across Europe have attempted to reform their health systems by allowing patients more choice over their healthcare provider. The typical rationale for this strategy is that by creating competition between providers, there will be an increased incentive to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare. Joan Costa-i-Font and Valentina Zigante assess the underlying factors that have led […]

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    Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

A demonstration in support of Catalan independence from Spain was held on 11 September to coincide with the National Day of Catalonia. With no agreement between the Catalan and Spanish governments over whether a proposed referendum on independence should be held in November, we asked four of EUROPP’s contributors to give their views.

Francesc Trillas: “Catalonia should find a better […]

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Given that obesity produces significant social costs, public health authorities need to be far more pro-active in designing interventions

Obesity is an increasingly important problem in European countries. Joan Costa-i-Font argues that obesity is an example of market failure and that policy should focus on changing social rewards to unhealthy food consumption and tackling the prevailing social norms with regards to sedentary behaviour at home and the workplace. Obesity in Europe has reached epidemic proportions. The prevalence of overweight […]

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The European Union should step into the debate over Catalan independence

On 11 September, a human chain was formed by people in Catalonia to demonstrate support for the territory’s independence from Spain. Joan Costa i Font writes that Catalan independence is not simply an internal Spanish issue, but has the potential to spill-over into the European arena. He argues that with the Spanish government reluctant to allow either an independence referendum […]

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Sunday’s election confirms that a majority of Catalans support independence, but there are deep divisions over what an independent Catalonia should look like.

A majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament are now held by parties with a commitment to holding a referendum on independence. Joan Costa i Font writes that while there is a clear mandate for putting a referendum to the population, there is little agreement between parties on how a Catalonian state should be organised. A key priority for the […]

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