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Mind & Behaviour Research Group

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. Our aim is to investigate the psychological impact of living in poverty and use findings to improve policy programmes.

What we do

Build body of evidence

Conduct rigorous research on how psychology shapes economic decision-making. 

Share research methods 

Provide access to psychological measures and instruments to aid future research.

Talk to policymakers

Spark new policy conversations on using behaviour science in anti-poverty programmes.

Our research in the news

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MBRG Measurement series featured by World Bank blog

In his weekly links for the Development Impact blog, David McKenzie features an MBRG measurement matters series post from Lukas Hensel on measuring income expectations using phone surveys.

Guide to Psychometric Validation of Scales

Marta Grabowska features in the World Bank's Weekly Links blog with her Measures Matter post on psychometric validation for non-cognitive skills.

Cost-effective labour market intervention toolkit adopted by UNDP Accelerator Lab Gambia to support young work-seekers impacted by COVID-19

The UNDP Accelerator Lab in The Gambia is launching an exciting new soft skills training programme for young people who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19. The program will be adopting a labour market intervention developed by Carranza, Garlick, Orkin and Rankin (2020) to reduce labour market friction between prospective employers and young work-seekers.

Learn more about our response to COVID-19

The safety and security of our staff and research partners remains our number one priority as we continue to adjust our research work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While fieldwork for ongoing projects has been temporarily suspended, we are still busy working at home thinking how best to carry on our research and apply our insights to the unique challenges COVID-19 poses

For further information on our contribution to the COVID-19 response including a new policy series and media round up, please click below.