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TÁRKI Social Research Institute 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.
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28 April 2016

Endre Sik on work values of youth at the ISSP Conference

Endre Sik, senior resercher at TARKI and Professor Emeritus at ELTE University and Gábor Hajdu, researcher at Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology presents findings from SHARE project on "Searching for gaps: are work values of the youth changing" at ISSP Annual Conference on 1 May 2016 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The presentation is available here.
8 April 2016

Quality of Life and Costs of Living and Services of Disabled People in Various Residential Arrangements in Hungary

TARKI Social Research Institute carried out a niche empirical research on the quality of life and costs of living of disabled people in Hungary within the project "New dimensions in social protection towards community based living" (VP/2013/013/0057), funded by the Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Non-profit Ltd. (Fogyatékos Személyek Esélyegyenlõségéért Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft.; FSZK) together with Hand in Hand Foundation (Kézenfogva Alapítvány) in 2015-2016.

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30 March 2016

The Social Aspects of the 2015 Migration Crisis in Hungary

The time frame of the project: September 2015-January 2016.

The research was conducted by: TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc.

The final results of the project entitled The Social Aspects of the 2015 Migration Crisis in Hungary (pdf 12MB) are available

For the press release click here.

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10 March 2016

Iván Szelényi joins Tárki Board

Tarki Zrt. proudly announces that Professor Iván Szelényi, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Emeritus of NYU Abu Dhabi and William Graham Sumner Professor Emeritus of Yale University accepted the invitation of the Tarki General Assembly (decision taken on 9 March 2016) to become member of the Board of Tarki Zrt. Recently, Professor Szelényi has been serving as Tárki's external international advisor.

11 February 2016

Trends in party support: Happy new year of Viktor Orban's party alliance

After Fidesz easily won three nation-wide general elections in 2014, more than a year ago, in autumn of 2014 we reported the fall of popularity of Fidesz-KDNP governing coalition.

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2 February 2016

TARKI appears among the best think tanks of the world – for 5 years in a row!

University of Pennsylvania has been published the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report for 2015 on 29 January 2016 (see).

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17 December 2015

Migration potential in Hungary (2015)

Compared to the 1990s the Hungarian migration potential increased in the beginning of the 2000s. In 2010 the intent of short and long term labor migration was lower, but then it first grew rapidly until 2012, and then declined and remained low, around 10-14%, by 2014.

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3 December 2015

Analysis of the refugee crisis in Hungary

Preliminary results of the project entitled "Analysis of the refugee crisis in Hungary with a special focus on public opinion and the role of the organisations working in the field” are now available: : Attitudes towards refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Hungary. First results (October 2015). The data analysis is based on a representative survey carried out in October 2015 by TÁRKI and between August and October 2015 by CEORG (Central European Opinion Research Group) partners.
The aim of the research is twofold:
  • to explore and assess changes in the majority’s attitudes towards asylum-seekers, refugees on the one hand and labour migration on the other, based on two waves of data collections (October 2015 and January 2016) on representative samples;
  • to analyse the development and the role of the organisations working in the field. The focus is placed on those – mostly non-governmental – organisations that have been taking an active role in helping asylum-seekers in Hungary, but the role of international and governmental organisations will also be examined.
The results of the qualitative research—based on stakeholder interviews and focus groups with volunteers of grass root organisations completed with focused media analysis — and the final analysis of the survey results will be available in February 2016.
Time frame of the project: September 2015 – January 2016.
03 November 2015

In it together. Why less inequality benefits all.

Tarki, the Hungarian partner of the OECD inequality reports organized the presentation of the recent publication on inequality developments. Michael Förster, senior social policy analyst of the OECD presented the major conclusions of the book and Márton Medgyesi, senior researcher at Tarki gave a presentation on the Hungarian trends.
The report can be found here.
Invitation and program
Overview of the book
OECD presentation
Hungary presentation
16 July 2015

András Gábos on the interrelationships between the Europe 2020 poverty and social exclusion indicators

András Gábos, senior researcher at TARKI presented a paper written with Sara Ayllón (University of Girona) entitled "The interrelationships between the Europe 2020 poverty and social exclusion indicators" on 3rd of July at the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) conference "Inequality in the 21st Century" organized in London. Download the presentations here.
6 July 2015

Endre Sik on work attitudes of the youngsters

Endre Sik, senior researcher at TARKi and Gábor Hajdu, researcher of Institute of Social Sciences at Hungarian Academy of Sciences presented research results on "Searching for gaps: the work attitudes of the younger generations" at the conference "Inequality in the 21st Century" organised by the London School of Economics on 2nd July 2015. Download the presentations here.
15 April 2015

Hungarian country report by Tarki's researchers about the tri-border zone between Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Everything you always wanted to know about EU neighborhood policies but were afraid to ask

In February 2015 the four years long research (http://www.euborderregions.eu/) on the role and impact of the EU neighborhood policies has finished. Attached is the link to the Hungarian country report which covers an executive summary and a book-long case study about the cross-border processes in tri-border zone between Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
4 February 2015

TÁRKI staff appears in prestigous handbook series

A state of the art analysis on "Cross country evidence of the multiple causes of inequality changes in the OECD area" (co-authors Michael Förster of the OECD and István György Tóth of Tárki) appears in Elsevier's Handbook of Income Distribution (edited by Anthony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon).

More on this: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/handbooks/15740056/2/supp/C
3 February 2015

Tarki Household Monitor Survey data in the Luxembourg Income Study

After the widely analysed earlier (1991, 1994, 1999, 2005) surveys, now the most recent 2007, 2010 and 2012 waves of the Tárki Household Monitor Survey have been updated into the LIS database and are hence available for analysis for all our users around the world!

See http://www.lisdatacenter.org/news-and-events/hungary-added-to-lis-database/

Tarki staff is now into the analysis of the 2014 Household Monitor survey, results are to be published late March 2015.
23 January 2015

TARKI is among the world's top think tanks again in 2014

University of Pennsylvania released its new ranking of think tanks at 22nd January 2015. On the list of "Think Tanks and Civil Society Program" TARKI Social Research Institute was ranked again, after three consecutive years, among the top think tanks worldwide. TARKI appears in three lists of the top institutions: ranked no 34, by jumping 3 positions, among Central and Eastern European think tanks covering all area of research, selected as no 44 of the social policy think tanks and no 71 of the domestic economic policy think tanks worldwide – these two positions were similar to 2013.

The program produces the annual "Global Go-To Think Tank Index" that ranks world's leading think tanks with the help of a panel of nearly 20 thousands peer institutions and experts from the media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policy makers. The lists are produced by detailed methodology taking 18 criteria to evaluate into account and ranking 6600 institutions and think tanks worldwide. The report with the ranks and the methodology can be found here.
15 December 2014

International Project meeting and conference hosted by TARKI

TARKI hosted the 6th Project Management Team meeting of the ImPRovE (Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation) project on 26-28 November 2014 in Budapest. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss deliverables that are close to be finalized, as well as to provide input for the ongoing work on how can the conditions be improved to move towards Europe 2020.

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15 December 2014

Autumn roller-coaster: Fidesz popularity fell in November

Public support for governing centre-right Fidesz-KDNP party alliance dropped sharply according to the results of latest TÁRKI Omnibus survey conducted in November. Among the eligible voters 25 percent would have voted for Fidesz in November, while 37 percent was registered in October, after the local election that was won by Victor Orbán's alliance. One third drop of party supporters is unprecedented even-though high value measured in October was somewhat exaggerated due to the so called band wagon effect after the glory of the local election (i.e. more people said that they would vote for the party they perceived as the strongest one).

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1 December 2014

The last EUBORDERREGIONS Newsletter

The EU FP7 project EUBORDERREGIONS "European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours. Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation", with intensive participation of TARKI Social Research Institute, is coming to an end. The 6th newsletter of the project has been released in November 2014, and available here.
18 November 2014

"Job mismatch in early career of graduates under post-communism"

Peter Robert has attended the 67. conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), 4-6 September, 2014, Nice, France. His presentation, based on ESS data, has been titled as Participation in General Elections and Socio-Political Integration in Four Post-Socialist Countries.
The paper has received the Elizabeth H. Nelson Prize, awarded for the best conference paper from a society in transition, in 2014.
17 November 2014

New research partners in PRIVMORT - The Impact of Privatization on the Mortality Crisis in Eastern Europe, project led by Prof. Larry King from Cambridge University

On May 16, 2014 TARKI re-issued the tender to carry out 16,000 interviews in Belorussia inviting several Belorussian companies. 4 July a selection decision was announced. Among the pooling agencies, a consortium formed by the Center of Sociological and Political Studies and State Institute of Management and Social Technologies, Belarus State University was announced the winner of the tender.

The contract was signed between Petr Brigadin and Istvan Gyorgy Toth on 26 August. The same day Mihaly Fazekas and DarjaIrdam (Cambridge University) participated in the kick-off of the project in Minsk.

Among the three country-partners of the project, the Hungarian team is in the lead with 15 cognitive tests, two city pilots and a complete city survey (out of 50). The training of the regional supervisors took place in Budapest, 14 September. The Russian survey is beyond the pilot phase and the main survey is planned for launching in mid-September.

The Belarussian team joined the project last, but has already completed cognitive testing, and the results are now being examined by Larry King, the Principal Investigator, and his team in Cambridge.
12 November 2014

The study on "Conditional cash transfers and their impact on children" is now online

Our study was commissioned in 2013 by the European Commission DG EMPL to investigate how the EU can best promote better investment in children, and what policy instruments can help break the intergenerational transmission of poverty. In particular, the aim of the study was to explore the extent to which conditionality introduced into cash transfer programmes can help improve the reach of human capital investment for children under 18 years of age, according to the practices of the various Member States.

The Principle Investigator was Márton Medgyesi (senior researcher of Tárki), other contributors: Anna B.Kis, Alexandra Holle, Cleovi Mosuela, Michelle O. Crosby-Nagy, Zsolt Temesváry while the Advisory Board consisted of: Ariel Fiszbein (World Bank), Ive Marx (University of Antwerp), István György Tóth (TÁRKI).

You can download the study here.
10 November 2014

Endre Sik on cross-border economic relations

Endre Sik, senior researcher at TARKI and professor emeritus at ELTE University, Budapest took part on a UNESCO conference "Cross-border migration and its implications for the Central European Area" in Bratislava, Slovakia on 5-7 November 2014. See the programme of the conference here and the presentation of Prof. Sik on "Cross-Border Income-Generating Labour and Quasi-Entrepreneurial Migration in the Hungarian–Slovak–Ukrainian Three-Border Region" here.
26 May 2014

Presentation of András Gábos at the Transnational Study Tour of the "ADAPT2DC" Child care services

András Gábos held an introductory presentation at the Transnational Study Tour of the "ADAPT2DC - New innovative solutions to adapt governance and management of public infrastructures to demographic change" project (supported by the European Regional Development Fund), entitled "Child care services - demographic and social context". The aim of the presentation was to provide a deeper insight view to the context of childcare and to share knowledge on the challenges caused by demographic change in Central-Europe.

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22 May 2014

New project in focus: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe

The STYLE (Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe) project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission started its work at the kick-off meeting held in Brighton between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April 2014.

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15 May 2014

New project in focus: Integrative and Disintegrative Processes of the Hungarian society

HAS Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Sociology involved Tárki in their research of "Integrative and Disintegrative Processes of the Hungarian Society" between 2013 – 2016. The project is financed by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA).

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9 May 2014

TARKI signs a contract with VCIOM in framework of PRIVMORT project led Cambridge University

The PRIVMORT team is conducting a multi-level retrospective cohort study of the effects of mass privation and mortality. Since there are virtually no quality data that combine mortality and individual characteristics, we use a convenience cohort, originally developed by William Brass to estimate mortality in countries without reliable registration systems. W. Brass suggested to use the interviews with random population samples to construct mortality tables from information on deaths from their relatives. The novelty of our approach is that we introduce a multilevel dimension, selecting one-company towns that were privatized in a radical way, matching them with towns which had a different privatization experience.

In March 2014, at the premises of VCIOM in Moscow, the survey in Russia was successfully launched. The first five interviews of the cognitive testing were conducted under the supervision of Cambridge University representatives. The cognitive testing took place in Budapest at TARKI, between January and March 2014, and TARKI’s team was the first to share the experiences, suggestions and impressions upon trying out the questionnaire on 20 respondents. The timing of the Hungarian cognitive testing is particularly advantageous for the project as a whole since the forms, improvements and alterations as a result of the cognitive testing are generally usable for the parallel survey in Russia, and planned surveys in Ukraine and Belarus.
9 May 2014

New research notes from the Social Situation Monitor

Márton Medgyesi: Accounting for growth Social Situation Monitor, Research note No. 6/2013

This research note considers two recommendations made by the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report for improving the measurement of social progress. One is that people’s living standards are better approximated by measures of household income than by measures of a country’s economic performance, such as GDP. The other is to take account of the distribution of income in the measurement of social progress. This research note describes the growth in household income and distributional patterns of income change between 2006-2008 and 2008-2010, based on micro-data from household surveys.

Márton Medgyesi and Péter Pölöskei: Access of mobile EU citizens to social protection Social Situation Monitor, Research note No. 10/2013

This paper investigates how receipt of welfare benefits differs between natives and mobile EU citizens in EU countries, on the basis of data from the EU-SILC 2011. The analysis focuses on differences in receipt of non-contributory benefits (such as family benefits, housing benefits, poverty relief, etc.), although differences in the receipt of unemployment benefit are also considered. A rough comparison shows welfare use to differ between natives and migrants in several cases. To sort out pure composition effects, multivariate statistical analysis (probit regressions) of benefit receipt (education, unemployment, disability, housing, family-related transfers and transfers to combat social exclusion) was carried out for 18 countries with specifications that controlled for age, gender, education, household type and labour-market status.
Key outputs are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1049&langId=en
14 April 2014

Tárki presents two books on changing inequalities in rich countries

Top scholars from over 30 countries joined forces within the frame of the EU 7th Framework research program on Growing Inequality’s Impacts (GINI) to study how inequalities developed in the joint segment of EU and OECD member states. Tarki was part of this. A book with case studies of social developments in 30 countries over 30 years. Another on synthesis and lessons learned. Published by Oxford University Press.

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For more on the project: http://gini-research.org/articles/home
27 January 2014

TARKI is among the world's top think tanks again in 2013

University of Pennsylvania released its new ranking of think tanks at 22nd January 2014. On the list of "Think Tanks and Civil Society Program" TARKI Social Research Institute was ranked again, after two consecutive years, among the top think tanks worldwide. After 2012 TARKI appereas in three lists among the top institutions: ranked no 37 among Central and Eastern European think tanks covering all area of research, selected as no 44, by jumping 3 positions, of the social policy think tanks and no 71 of the domestic economy policy think tanks worldwide.

The program produces the annual "Global Go-To Think Tank Index" that ranks world's leading think tanks with the help of a panel of nearly 2000 peer institutions and experts from the media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policy makers. The lists are produced by detailed methodology taking 18 criteria to evaluate into account and and ranking 6500 institutions and think tanks worldwide. The report with the ranks and the methodology can be found here.
14 January 2014

The 2013 activity of the FP7 project "EUBORDERREGIONS"

The 2013 newsletter of the FP7 project EUBORDERREGIONS has been published and available here. As a consortium member TARKI contributes to this project which investigates the complex and highly differentiated relationships across the EU's external borders.

TÁRKI, the Social Research Center

TÁRKI has 25 years' experience of empirical social science research in Hungary. Its background includes research on a wide range of issues related to social stratification, labour markets, income distribution, consumption and lifestyle patterns and attitudes, and it has increasingly focused on market research applications. There are various types of research activities that TÁRKI carries out for its clients, but social research is the most important part of its work. This includes:
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