The Mind and Behaviour Research Group brings together economists, psychiatrists, and psychologists based at the University of Oxford as part of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Their aim is to investigate the psychological impact of living in poverty and use findings to improve policy programmes.
ABOUT THE MBRG
The Mind and Behaviour Research Group (MBRG) conduct rigorous research on how psychology shapes economic decision-making, with a key focus on how the insights from behavioural science can inform anti-poverty programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Alongside their research, the MBRG also curates a set of resources for researchers seeking to apply psychological measures in their research, and summarises insights from behavioural research for policy makers and practitioners. The MBRG's main aim is to spark new policy conversations on using behavioural science in anti-poverty programmes.
Research at the MBRG is focused on low- and middle-income countries. Research themes include: Labour and Enterprise, Welfare and Poverty, Physical and Mental Health, Credit, Savings and Insurance, and Gender.
As part of the CSAE Conference 2021, the MBRG's Julia Ruiz Pozuelo (University of Oxford) chairs a discussion on mental health measurements for economists with Victoria Baranov (University of Melbourne), Crick Lund (University of Cape Town), and Miranda Wolpert (Wellcome Trust).
Dr Mahreen Mahmud (University of Exeter) discusses her work as part of the MBRG on cash transfers, aspirations and goal-setting: impact on female empowerment in Kenya.
MEASURES MATTER SERIES
How do you accurately measure a person's beliefs? What's the best approach to measure risk attitudes? What methods minimise reporting bias? The MBRG Measures Matter series explores the answers to tricky research questions and more!