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Research staff


Anikó Balogh
Balogh, Anikó researcher
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Anikó Bernát
Anikó Bernát, researcher
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Anna B. Kis
Anna B. Kis, researcher
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Reka Branyiczki
Reka Branyiczki, researcher
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Tamás Keller
Tamás Keller, researcher
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Krisztián Pósch
Krisztián Pósch, researcher
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Blanka Szeitl
Blanka Szeitl, researcher
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Annamária Tátrai
Annamária Tátrai, researcher
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TÁRKI Social Research Inc. is an independent, employee-owned research organisation that specialises in policy research in the fields of social policy and the social consequences of economic policies. This includes related data-collection, archiving and statistical activities. We recently increased our involvement in the areas of strategic market research and health policy analysis. In addition, we regularly contribute to basic research, in the areas of social stratification and inequality, and to the methodology of empirical social research.

Board of Directors


Tamás Kolosi
Tamás Kolosi, founder and president of TÁRKI
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István György Tóth
István György Tóth, C.E.O. of TÁRKI
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Iván Szelényi
Iván Szelényi, scientific advisor
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Senior Staff


Zoltán Fábián
Zoltán Fábián, senior researcher
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András Gábos
András Gábos, senior researcher
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Róbert Iván Gál
Róbert Iván Gál, senior researcher
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Márton Medgyesi
Márton Medgyesi
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Péter Róbert
Péter Róbert, senior researcher
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Endre Sik
Endre Sik, senior researcher
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Bori Simonovits
Bori Simonovits, senior researcher
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Péter Szivós
Péter Szivós, managing director
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Róbert Iván Gál

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Study on Social Dimension in the Candidate Countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey (BALKANDIDE)


BALKANDIDE (reference No VC/2005/0232) was conducted for the European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG – EMPL E1 Unit. The project was coordinated by Róbert I. Gál (TARKI).

The BALKANDIDE project aimed at studying in depth the social situation in the candidate countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey) and identifying the major challenges in the current demographic, social and economic context which can be considered to be most pertinent for determining a candidate country's capacity to function in the Union. The study assessed recent reform efforts and major current issues for further reform that allow the candi-date country to participate in the process of economic and monetary integration and to become an active and vibrant member of the Union in all aspects of the civil society, political and cultural life

The outputs of the project, specified in the contract, are four country studies and a synthesis report meeting the following criteria:

  • The four country studies for, respectively, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey on the social dimension take into account the demographic, social and economic context. The call for tenders explicitly required "[c]omprehensive harmonised quantitative information" in the four country studies. In addition, the call for tender specifically required a joint Statistical Annex following the format of the 2004 Social Situation Report.
  • The synthesis report presents a comprehensive overview of the social situa-tion in the four countries with a comparative focus addressing key problems in the light of possible accession to the EU. The issues of special interest were specified as
    – human capital investments in relation to employment
    – regional disparities, in particular the functioning of centralized versus decentralized social protection
    – the interrelation between the informal economy and the social protection system, and
    – the state of ethnic and religious minorities
The consortium was formed by three member institutes of the European Network of Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI):

TARKI Social Research Institute, Hungary
Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS, Belgium
Centre for Social and Economic Research, CASE, Poland
The research team also consisted of 17 experts from Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey.

Time frame: 2005 December – 2006 December

Outputs of the project:
Country Reports – Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Turkey
Annexes – Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Turkey
Annex – 2004 Social Situation Report format
Synthesis Report