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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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István György Tóth - CEO of TÁRKI

István György Tóth István György Tóth (TÁRKI), PhD in Sociology, Director of TÁRKI Social Research Institute and affiliate professor at Budapest Corvinus University. His teaching curriculum at PhD level courses focuses on measurement and interpretation of distribution of well-being and incomes in international comparisons. As co-editor of the bi-annual Hungarian Social Report series since 1998, he contributed to the development and regular publishing of social indicators for Hungary (and for cross country comparisons). His book “Income Distribution: From the Systemic change to the Joining of the European Union” also serves as methods teaching material at various university level courses. He has been a consultant to various international organisations such as the OECD and the World Bank. In addition, he has been asked to comment on European survey projects, e.g. Eurobarometer and EU-SILC. He is member of the Advisory Board to the Luxembourg Income Study and serves as a board member for GINI project as well as for the IMPROVE project (both are flagship FP7 projects designed to uncover cross country trends in level and variation of living standards and incomes in Europe). Currently he is taking lead positions InGRID (as leader of poverty and living conditions pillar, member of the Steering Committee of the project and also in Privmort (Privatisation and Mortality in Post-Communism: A Multi-Level Indirect Demographic Analysis (as co-investigator and coordinator of fieldwork in the four countries).

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Key references (research projects directed and co-directed):


Selected publications

Gábos, A. - I. Gy. Tóth (2017): Recession, Recovery, and Regime Change: Effects on Child Poverty in Hungary In: B. Cantillon, Y. Chzhen, S. Handa, B. Nolan (eds., 2017). Children of Austerity: Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries. Oxford University Press. pp 118-145.

Tóth, I. Gy. (2016): Is Hungary still in the search of its middle class? in. Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead (ed, 2016): Europe's Disappearing Middle Class? Evidence from the World of Work Edward Elgar pp 279-322.

Michael F. Förster, István György Tóth: Cross-Country Evidence of the Multiple Causes of Inequality Changes in the OECD Area. in: Anthony B. Atkinson and François Bourguignon (eds, 2015) Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2B, 2015, Elsevier, North Holland B.v. Chapter 19. Pages 1729-1843.

Tóth, I. Gy. (2014): Revisiting Grand Narratives of Growing Income Inequalities: lessons from 30 country studies in Nolan, B., Salverda, W., D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. Mcknight, I. Gy. Tóth, H. G. van de Werfhorst (eds,, 2014). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences Oxford: Oxford University Press pp. 11-47

Tóth, I. Gy., D. Horn and M. Medgyesi (2014) Rising Inequalities: Will Electorates Go for Higher Redistribution? in Salverda, W., B. Nolan, D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. Mcknight, I. Gy. Tóth, H. G. van de Werfhorst (eds, 2014). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives Oxford University Press Chapter 8, pp. 195-217

Fábián, Z., A. Gábos, M. Kopasz, M. Medgyesi, P. Szivós and I. Gy. Tóth (2014) Hungary: A country caught in its own trap in. Nolan, B., Salverda, W., D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. Mcknight, I. Gy. Tóth, H. G. van de Werfhorst (eds, 2014). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences Oxford: Oxford University Press chapter 14., pp 322-345.

Tóth, I. Gy. – T. Keller: Income Distribution, Inequality Perceptions, and Redistributive Preferences in European Countries. in Gornick, J. and M. Jantti (eds)
Income Inequality -- Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Stanford University Press 2013 pp 173 – 203.

Nolan, B., Salverda, W., D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. Mcknight, I. Gy. Tóth, H. G. van de Werfhorst (eds,, 2014). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences Oxford: Oxford University Press

Salverda, W., B. Nolan, D. Checchi, I. Marx, A. Mcknight, I. Gy. Tóth, H. G. van de Werfhorst (eds, 2014). Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives Oxford University Press

Tóth, I. Gy.: Time series and cross country variation of income inequalities in Europe: are inequality structures converging in the past three decades? GINI policy paper No 3. Amsterdam, AIAS, September 2013.

Tóth, I. Gy.: Income distribution, social cohesion and value structure Public Finance Quarterly 2011/3 379-385.

Keller Tamás - Tóth István György: Income distribution, inequality perception and redistributive claims in European societies. GINI Discussion Paper 7. Amsterdam, AIAS, 2011, 66 p.

Tóth István György - Medgyesi Márton: Income distribution and living difficulties in the midst of consolidation programmes and crises in Hungary. In: Fazekas Károly - Molnár György (eds.): The Hungarian Labour Market 2011. Review and analysis. Budapest, Institute of Economics, IE HAS - National Employment Foundation, 2010, pp 170-186.

Ward, Terry - Tóth István György (co-directors): Child poverty and child well-being in the European Union. Report prepared for the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opoprtunities (Unite E.2). Budapest - Brussels, TÁRKI Social Research Institute - Applica, 2010, 207 p.

Keller Tamás - Medgyesi Márton - Tóth István György: Analysing the link between measured and perceived income inequality in European countries. Research note 8/2009. Brussels, European Commission, Manuscript completed in February 2010, 32 p.

Tóth István György (ed.): Tárki European Social Report 2009. Budapest, TÁRKI, 2009, 182 p.

Ward, Terry . Lelkes Orsolya . Sutherland, Holly . Tóth István György (eds.): European inequalities. Social inclusion and income distribution in the European Union. Budapest, Tárki, 2009, 214 p.

Tóth István György: The demand for redistribution. A test on Hungarian data. Sociologický Casopis/Czech Sociological Review, 2008, Vol. 44, No. 6. pp. 1063-1087

Tóth István György: Economic Transition and Income Distribution in Hungary, 1987-2001. In: Fanelli, Jose Maria - Squire, Lyn (eds.): Economic Reform In Developing Countries: Reach, Range, Reason. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2008, pp. 3-34.

Jövedelemeloszlás. A gazdasági rendszerváltástól az uniós csatlakozásig. (Income distribution. From the systemic change to the joining of the EU, in Hungarian) Andorka Rudolf Társadalomtudományi Társaság-Századvég Kiadó. Budapest, 2005. 334 p.

(ed.): Social Report series, 1998, 2004, 2004. Budapest, TÁRKI, (co-editors: Tamás Kolosi, György Vukovich)

(ed.): Changing roles. Report on the situation of women and men in Hungary, 2005 Budapest, TÁRKI  2005, 260 p. (co-editors: Ildikó Nagy, Marietta Pongrácz)

(ed.): A jóléti állam politikai gazdaságtana (The political economy of the welfare state, in Hungarian) Budapest, Osiris - Láthatatlan Kollégium, 1999 (co-editor: Iván Csaba)

Tóth István György: Jövedelemegyenlõtlenségek: tényleg növekszenek, vagy csak úgy látjuk? Közgazdasági Szemle, L. évf. (2003) 3. sz. 209–234. p.

Tóth István György: Child poverty and family transfers in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 11 (2001) no. 4. pp. 324-341. (with Michael F. Förster)

Tóth István György:  Double or quits: should money found be risked? Review of Sociology, 2000 (special issue) pp. 73-95 (with Zoltán Szántó)

Tóth István György: Tax awareness and the reform of the welfare state. Hungarian Survey Results. Economics of Transition, vol. 6 (1998) no. 2. pp. 287-312. (with László Csontos and János Kornai)

Tóth István György: Poverty alleviation: social assistance and family benefits. In: Bokros, Lajos – Dethier, Jean-Jacques: Public Finance Reform During the Transition. The experience of Hungary. Washington, The World Bank, 1998, pp. 287-316. (with Sándor Sipos)

Tóth István György: Poverty, inequalities and social policies in the Visegrad countries. Economics of Transition, vol. 5 (1997) no. 2.  pp. 505-510. (with Michael F. Förster)

Tóth István György: Is Hungary really the least unequal? (A Discussion of Data on Income Inequalities and Poverty in Central and East European Countries). Journal of Russian and East European Finance and Trade, vol. 33 (1997) no. 6. pp. 67-94. (with Rudolf Andorka and Zsuzsa Ferge)

Tóth István György: The role of welfare programmes in alleviating poverty. International Review of Comparative Public Policy, vol. 7 (1997) pp. 125-145.

Evaluating Hungarian Incomes Inequalities. The role of labor markets and social policies. Acta Oeconomica, vol. 48. (1997) no. 3-4. pp. 415-445.

The Hungarian Household Panel: aims and methods. Innovation, vol 8. (1995) no. 1. pp 106-122.

A jóléti rendszer az átmenet idõszakában (The welfare system in the period of transition, in Hungarian)  Közgazdasági Szemle 1994 április pp. 313-340

A társadalmi (elosztási) igazságosság problémája. (The problem of social (distributive)Justice, in Hungarian) Szociológiai Szemle, 1. évf. (1991) 1. sz. 151-172.p.