UNICEF's Children of Austerity: Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries was published on the 13th of April, 2017The Hungarian chapter in UNICEF's newly published Children of Austerity: Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries was written by Tárki's researchers Andras Gabos and Istvan Gyorgy Toth. UNICEF's Office of Research Innocenti, together with 16 international research institutions analyzed the effects of the global recession on children in high-income countries.
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Research on household coping strategiesTarki has conducted a research project in 2015-2016 titled 'Coping with macro shocks: success and failure of household adjustment during the crisis in Hungary'. The douments and research ouput are available here.
Tarki ranks high on the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index ReportWe appear on 8 listings of the annual report of the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).
A new chapter in the story of the Hungarian Social Report: the 2016 edition is out nowTárkis biannual Hungarian Social Report has been published in October, 2016. Since its first publication in 1990, the report aims to give a balanced overview on the Hungarian social trends and processes of the past two years.
Tárki was awarded for Excellent Business Brands prizeIn 2016 Tárki won the award for Excellent Business Brand of Magyarbrands again. The Magyarbrands program aims to draw attention to the worthy representatives of the Hungarian intellectual work. The Excellent Business Brand is decided by the independent Committee based on quantifiable criteria of the identity, reputation, brand strategy, tradition and reliability of the businesses. Please visit www.magyarbrands.hu for more information about the program.
Evaluation of the Asia-Europe Migration ProjectTARKI has carried out the evaluation of Asia-Europe Migration Project in 2016, commissioned by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF, Singapore), funded by the EU and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The project aimed to explore the situation of labor migrants in Europe and Asia, particularly focusing on social policies in sending and receiving countries, which was summarized in the publication "A Triple Win in Migration: Ensuring Migrant Workers' Rights to Protect All Workers".
Europe's Disappearing Middle Class? Evidence from the World of WorkA new book on how middle classes in 15 European countries develop after the economic crisis. Tárki data provides basis for the analysis of Hungarian trends.
Executive summary of the book
Prof. Iván Szelényi received honorary doctoratesProf. Iván Szelényi, scientific advisor and member of Board of Directors at TÁRKI, received two Doctor Honoris Causa titles in June 2016. European University Institute and Central European University awarded Iván for his lifetime achievement in sociology. Congratulations!
Tarki report on conditional cash transfers in EU was presented at UN Expert Group Meeting on "Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all"Márton Medgyesi, senior researcher at Tarki presented "Conditional cash transfers in high-income countries and their impact on poverty and human capital accumulation" at UN headquarters on 2 June 2016. The Expert Group Meeting, organized as part of the preparations for the fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (planned to be convened early February 2017) supports the work of the Commission for Social Development, one of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council of the UN.
Conference programme is here
Presentation by Márton Medgyesi is here
The Tarki paper on conditional cash transfers is here.
Endre Sik on work values of youth at the ISSP ConferenceEndre Sik, senior resercher at TARKI and Professor Emeritus at ELTE University and Gábor Hajdu, researcher at Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology presented 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, for a short video interview with Endre Sik on the main findings click here.
Quality of Life and Costs of Living and Services of Disabled People in Various Residential Arrangements in HungaryTARKI 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.
The Social Aspects of the 2015 Migration Crisis in HungaryThe 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.
Iván Szelényi joins Tárki BoardTarki 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.
Trends in party support: Happy new year of Viktor Orban's party allianceAfter 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. more...
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). more...
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.
Analysis of the refugee crisis in HungaryPreliminary 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 majoritys 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.
Time frame of the project: September 2015 January 2016.
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
András Gábos on the interrelationships between the Europe 2020 poverty and social exclusion indicatorsAndrás 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.
Endre Sik on work attitudes of the youngstersEndre 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.
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 askIn 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.
TÁRKI staff appears in prestigous handbook seriesA 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
Tarki Household Monitor Survey data in the Luxembourg Income StudyAfter 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!
Tarki staff is now into the analysis of the 2014 Household Monitor survey, results are to be published late March 2015.
TARKI is among the world's top think tanks again in 2014University 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.
International Project meeting and conference hosted by TARKITARKI 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.
Autumn roller-coaster: Fidesz popularity fell in NovemberPublic 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).
The last EUBORDERREGIONS NewsletterThe 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.
"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.
New research partners in PRIVMORT - The Impact of Privatization on the Mortality Crisis in Eastern Europe, project led by Prof. Larry King from Cambridge UniversityOn 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.
The study on "Conditional cash transfers and their impact on children" is now onlineOur 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.
Endre Sik on cross-border economic relationsEndre 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 HungarianSlovakUkrainian Three-Border Region" here.
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Presentation of András Gábos at the Transnational Study Tour of the "ADAPT2DC" Child care servicesAndrás 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.
New project in focus: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in EuropeThe 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.
New project in focus: Integrative and Disintegrative Processes of the Hungarian societyHAS 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).
TARKI signs a contract with VCIOM in framework of PRIVMORT project led Cambridge UniversityThe 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 TARKIs 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.
New research notes from the Social Situation MonitorMárton 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 peoples living standards are better approximated by measures of household income than by measures of a countrys 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
Tárki presents two books on changing inequalities in rich countriesTop scholars from over 30 countries joined forces within the frame of the EU 7th Framework research program on Growing Inequalitys 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.
For more on the project: http://gini-research.org/articles/home
TARKI is among the world's top think tanks again in 2013University 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.
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.
Causes of poverty and policy instruments of poverty reduction: why and where is it better to have more competition?Researchers of TARKI took part on the conference entitled "The role of competition in reducing poverty" held by the Hungarian Competition Authority to contribute the World Competition Day on 5th December 2013 in Budapest. István György Tóth, director of TÁRKI presented on "The reasons of poverty and tools for reducing poverty: where does it work better if the competition is more intense?" (see the presentation in Hungarian in pdf here), while senior researcher Endre Sik participated in the panel discussion.
Expert workshop on indicators for vulnerable groups organized by TARKITARKI held an international expert workshop in the framework of the FP7 project InGRID (Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion) at 27-29 November 2013 in Budapest. The workshop was about the framework and methods for indicator building for various vulnerable groups. For more about InGRID see this and this, and download the presentations here.
Péter Szivós on poverty and panel survey methodology in BrazilPéter Szivós participated in a 'Technical Workshop of International Experiences on Longitudinal Panel for Poverty Studies' took place in Brasilia, Brazil between 22-24 October 2013. The workshop was sponsored by EUROsociAL (Regional Programme for social cohesion in Latin America) and aimed at bringing international experiences to help design of the Brazilian Poverty Panel Survey. Peter presented the experiences accumulated in Tarki at the recent decades.
Researches on the situation of and discrimination against Roma in HungaryAnikó Bernát and Bori Simonovits held a keynote presentation on "Researches on the situation of an discrimination against the Roma in Hungary" on the thematic visit of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues, Council of Europe (CAHROM) held in Budapest on 4 September 2013. The workshop entitled "Combat against the discrimination, violence, hate speech and hate crime against the Roma" was hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources State Secretariat for Social Inclusion. The presentation in English can be downloaded here.
Endre Sik on the Hungarian-Ukrainen cross-border relationsEndre Sik, senior resercher of TARKI held a presentation entitled "Road to a better life along the Hungarian - Ukrainen border" at the conference "Skills for Future: Tackling urgent public health challenges with sharing knowledge multiplication - Good experiences and working on "white fields" for better health" held in Nyíregyháza, Hungary in September 2013. The presentation is available in Hungarian here.
Kriszta Dávid finished third in IPC Shooting European ChampionshipsOur collague, Kriszta Dávid won bronze medal in women's 10m air pistol on the last day of the IPC European Championships in Alicante, Spain. We are very proud of her performance, congratulations Kriszta!
ESPA Conference Stream led by TARKI Researcher in PoznanOn the ESPAnet (European Network for Social Policy Analysis) 2013 conference held in Poznan (Poland) on 5-7 September 2013, András Gábos together with Tim Goedemé (Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy - University of Antwerp) lead a stream entitled 'Poverty and Social Assistance Dynamics from a comparative perspective'. For papers and more details see the conference homepage.
On the attitudes towards the RomaAnikó Bernát held a presentation entitled "Attitudes of the Hungarians towards the Roma" at the conference held by Republikon Institute in Budapest at 25 October 2013. See the presentation in Hungarian here.
Presentation about the Hungarian left and right votersAnikó Bernát and Zoltán Fábián presented in the monthly event of the Measurers' Club (Mérők Klubja) organised by the Association of the Hungarian Journalists (MÚOSZ) in September 2013. See the presentation (in Hungarian) on "Political Left and Right: Attraction and (S)Election" here.
Lecture about "Trends and episodes of income distribution change in Hungary" by István György TóthOn the conference titled "Inequality in Europe: what can be done? What should be done?", organized by CEPS, Brussels together with Intereconomics and The ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, István György Tóth has held a lecture about "Trends and episodes of income distribution change in Hungary". The program of the conference is here.
The presentation can be found here
Have you heard about the project "InGRID- Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion"?InGRID is funded by the European Commissions 7th Framework Programme and brings together 17 academic partners between 2013 and 2017 in an academic consortium.
The general objectives of InGRID Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion are to integrate and to innovate existing, but distributed European social sciences research infrastructures on Poverty and Living Conditions, Working Conditions and Vulnerability and Policy Analysis by providing transnational data access, organising mutual knowledge exchange activities and improving methods and tools for comparative research.
Tárki joined PRIVMORT (The Impact of Privatization on the Mortality Crisis in Eastern Europe) project coordinated by University of Cambridge"After the collapse of Communism 3 to 7 million "excess deaths" occurred, comparable to the toll exacted by Stalin. While public health research has uncovered a great deal about the proximal causes of these deaths, identifying alcohol and psychosocial stress as key causes, incredibly few studies have attempted to address the variation in these proximal causes. Why did people in some countries start to abuse alcohol much more and experience greater stress than in others?" - this is the starting point of the research to which Tarki joins recently. By invitation of Prof. Laurence King, the Pricipal Investigator, Tarki Social Research Institute will coordinate large scale empirical surveys on life events (personal occupational, demographic history and privatization experiences), that will be carried out in Belorussia, Hungary, Russia and the Ukraine. The surveys will uncover trends and variations in mortality patterns in cities affected by different types of privatization techniques in the four countries. This ERC funded research will terminate at 2016.
Tárki staff appear in Stanford University Press bookThe article by István György Tóth and Tamás Keller on "Income distributions, inequality perceptions and redistributive preferences in European countries" appears as Chapter 6 in Income Inequality Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries Edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti and published by Stanford University Press.
The Social Situation Monitor is now onlineEach year the Monitor carries out policy-relevant analysis and research on the current socio-economic situation in the EU and examines major issues with the aim of providing evidence on which to base policy-making across the EU. The project is directed by Applica (Belgium) and includes the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Austria), Tárki Social Research Institute (Hungary), ISER at the University of Essex (UK) and the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece).
TÁRKI releases Household Monitor 2012In late April 2013 Tárki published a study entitled Inequality and polarisation in the Hungarian society, which was based on the last wave of Tárki Household Monitor surveys. Research in this area has been carried out since the early 1990s, but only recently on a bi-annual basis. The main purpose of the research is to provide a reliable assessment of the changes in the stratification of society and in social inequality.
Social Impacts of Growing Inequalities The Concluding Conference of GINI ProjectThe concluding conference of the Fp7 supported GINI research project was held in June 4-5 2013 in Amsterdam. The project with relevant TARKI contribution researched the social impacts of growing inequalities.
Endre Sik was named Professor Emeritus at ELTE UniversityEndre Sik, senior researcher at TARKI and professor at ELTE University Dep. of Social Sciences (Budapest) was awarded Professor Emeritus status by the Senate of the ELTE University. Congratulations! See the news at ELTE website in Hungarian.
International Seminar at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research: Zooming In On Income InequalityOn 21 March Dr Istvan Gyorgy Toth, Director at the TARKI Social Research Institute, gave an international seminar for a packed house. Toth described the development of within country income inequalities in 30 countries between 1980 and 2010. He used a unique dataset based on country reports delivered within the Growing Inequalities Impacts (GINI) project. Inequalities generally increased in the observed country universe, albeit with significant heterogeneity across countries and country groupings. Members of the previously homogenous group of Central and Eastern European countries ended up in the full spectrum of inequalites in Europe, whereas Nordic countries experienced very substantial inequality increase.
TÁRKI releases Social Report 2012With over 20 years of tradition in social reporting, TÁRKI aims to elucidate Hungarian socio-economic trends and their evolution over the last two years. Social Report 2012 provides an overview of the demographic, labour market, income and housing situation of households in Hungary.
TARKI is among the world's top think thanks againTARKI Social Research Institute was ranked again among top think tanks worldwide by "Think Tanks and Civil Society Program" in 2012. For the first time, 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 47 of the social policy think tanks and no 71 domestic economy policy think tanks worldwide.
István György Tóth presented at the Workshop on Social Observatory Research ProgramIstván György Tóth was a key speaker at the Workshop on Social Observatory Research Program organized by the Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman. The workshop has discussed a Strategic plan of The Research Council of the Sultanate to establish a Social Observatory with the aims of a better understanding of social developments, of setting up a relevant database and a research support system to enhance the development of social research in Oman.
The presentation can be downloaded here
Hungary: where do we stand in 2012? A conference on economic conditions and social cohesionTárki Social Research Institute together with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Budapest Office organised an international conference on social and economic conditions in Hungary in 2012.
Plenary presentation by István György Tóth on HSA annual conferenceIstván György Tóth, director of Tárki was one of the keynote speakers on the annual conference of the Hungarian Sociological Association entitled "Progression - Regression" held at Central European University, Budapest on 9th November 2012. The presentation on "Inequalities and social cohesion in Hungary: a birds eye view on developments in the last three decades" can be downloaded here, while the programme of the conference can be found here.
Tamás Rudas is the president of European Association of MethodologyTamás Rudas, member of board of TÁRKI has been elected president of the European Association of Methodology.
István György Tóth presented at the 50th Congress of the Hungarian Economic AssociationIstván György Tóth director of Tarki presented a plenary lecture on "Economy, politics, social cohesion" at the 50th Congress of the Hungarian Economic Association. The lecture (in Hungarian) argued that low social capital and widespread distrust (generated also by the hysteric behaviour of political elites) creates serious bottlenecks against any meaningful economic policy choices (and of economic growth) in Hungary.
The lecture can be downloaded from here (in Hungarian)
The program of the congress is here (in Hungarian)
TARKI researchers presented at the "Migration, demography and labour markets. Long term processes and linkages" conferenceEndre Sik and Ágnes Hárs, researchers of TARKI and Kopint-TARKIT presented at the conference entitled "Migration, demography and labour markets. Long term processes and linkages" of the SEEMIG project. SEEMIG is a strategic project aiming to contribute to enhanced datasets and empower policy makers and state officials to develop and implement evidence-based strategies. Endre Sik spoke about the statistics of migration, Ágnes Hárs presented concerning labour markets and migration in Hungary. Download the agenda and the presentations:
Conference agenda (pdf, 216 kB)
Endre Sik: Doomed to failure - with some chance to success: Migration statistics in the 21st century (pdf, 518 kB)
Agnes Hars: Labour Market and Migration Hungary in a comparative perspective (pdf, 4,9 MB)
TARKI hosted preview of World Bank's new book on Non-Financial Defined Contribution SchemesThe Swedish Social Insurance Agency and the World Bank organized a conference in 2009 on the Non-Financial Defined Contribution Schemes. The NDC's international career has been rising for years and this mechanism was introduced by several countries in the recent years. The studies of the 2009 conference were published this summer in two volumes by the World Bank in a book titled "Nonfinancial Defined Contribution Pension Schemes in a Changing Pension World". The preview of the book and a panel discussion with the editors and experts in Hungary was hosted by TARKI on the 19th of September in Budapest.
Download the program of the event and the summary of the book!
Program of the event
Summary of the book
Download the first volume of the book from the World Bank's open repository:
Volume 1: Progress, Lessons, and Implementation
István György Tóth was keynote speaker at a UNICEF seminar on the situation of Turkish childrenIstván György Tóth was a keynote speaker at an Ankara seminar on the situation of Turkish children, organized by UNICEF regional and local offices, together with the Turkish government. Download the agenda and the presentations:
Child poverty and child well-being in the European Union (pdf, 626 kB)
Turkish child well-being indicators at a glance (pdf, 406 kB)
Agenda (pdf, 63 kB)
Dávid Kriszta finished ninth in air pistol shooting in LondonDávid Kriszta, our colleague finished on ninth place in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London in Shooting (Women's P2-10m Air Pistol-SH1). Congratulations Kriszta!
See Kriszta's official olympic profile!
Launch of the 'ImPRovE' research projectThe "Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation (ImPRovE)" research project was launched in March of 2012. The research will develop new tools for monitoring poverty, social policy and social innovative practices. For the first time reference budgets will be computed for several member states.
EUBORDERREGIONS workshop in Budapest at TARKITARKI hosted a workshop of the EUBORDERREGIONS research project from the 9th to the 11th of May, 2012. The workshop was followed by the "Exploring Borders, Cross-Border Co-operation and European Cohesion" conference on 12th of May.
SHARE wave 4 in HungarySHARE, a pan-European panel dataset and currently the largest survey in the world, finished its 4th wave. The project follows a 55,000 strong sample of 50+ year old people and provides information on the economic, social and biological process of ageing. Hungary joined the project in the current wave.
Roma-non roma test score gap and employment gap analyses based on major TARKI survey series appear in top economic journalsTwo recent publications analysing a major TARKI flagship longitudinal survey of roma and non-roma pupils and their families appeared recently in top economic journals. One presents data on roma-non-roma test score gaps based on the Hungarian Life Course Survey (HLCS), while the other uses the same survey to analyse Roma employment patterns.
European National Transfer AccountsNational Transfer Accounts (NTA) is a system for measuring economic flows across age at the aggregate level in a manner consistent with National Accounts. These intergenerational flows arise primarily because of a fundamental feature of the economic lifecycle: children and the elderly consume more than they produce through their labour. NTA provides estimates of the components of the economic lifecycle and the interage flows that inevitably arise.
TÁRKI presented poverty report commissioned by Patriotism and Progress Public Policy FoundationTÁRKI Social Research Institute and Budapest Institute prepared a report on poverty in Hungary commissioned by Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation, which was presented on the policy conference of the foundation on 29th of March in Budapest.
TÁRKI Hosts Mid-Term GINI-conference: "Inequalities and their impacts on European societies"What are the social, cultural and political impacts of increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education? TÁRKI Social Research Institute hosts the mid-term conference of the "Growing Inequalities' Impacts" research project on the 23-24th of March in Budapest, which answers the question above.
TÁRKI hosts OCED report release event - Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps RisingTARKI Social Research Institute, a frequent contributor to various OECD reports, recently hosted the latest OECD report release event for Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising. On March 22, at Európa Kávéhéz, with introduction by István György TÓTH (Director, Tarki Social Research Institute), Dr. Michael Förster (Senior Policy Analyst: Income Distribution and Poverty, OECD) and Dr. Márton Medgyesi (Researcher, Tarki Social Research Institute) discussed how the gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according this new report.
TÁRKI reports on the Concordia Discors research projectTÁRKI Social Research Institute hosted neighbourhood forums for children, parents and policy experts in Kőbánya, Budapest in the Concordia Discors research project. Download the presentations about the forums and the current state of the research after the fieldwork, media and policy analyses.
Migrants' chances and opportunities in HungaryTÁRKI Social Research Institute organized a seminar On March 7th 2012 to present the main findings of the recent research project entitled "Migrants' chances and opportunities in Hungary" carried out in 2011. The summary in English can be dowloaded here, while the presentation can be reached here. To learn more about the research see this website and download the full report here (both avaliable only in Hungarian).
TARKI appears on global think tanks' rankingTARKI Social Research Institute was ranked on the 30th place on the list of The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program among the Top Social Policy Think Tanks in 2011. The program produces the annual Global Go-To Think Tank Index that ranks the leading think tanks with the help of a panel of over 1500 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policymakers.
Cultures and/of Globalization - publication from the ENRI-EAST projectNew study of Lyudmila Nurse and Endre Sik, titled "Identities and Music: Identity of Place and Cultural Identities of Generations. Hungarian 3G Case Study", has been published in the book "Cultures and/of Globalization". Read and download the table of contents and introduction of the book.
Support for transnational access to official microdataThe Tarki Databank is pleased to inform the international research community about the first call for research proposals by the FP-7 EU project: Data without Boundaries. To enhance access across borders to official microdata for comparative research, Data without Boundaries provides a unique opportunity to work with confidential data from a number of European countries.
For details see the pdf file or please visit the DwB website.
The Slovak Minority in Hungary - new TARKI report in the ENRI-EAST projectTARKI's report gives a comprehensive overview about the Slovak minority in Hungary. The report summarizes Hungarian and Slovakian minority relations, the main findings of the ENRI-VIS survey and includes all biographical interviews.
Population aging and the generational economy: A global perspectiveTARKI senior researchers Róbert Iván Gál and Márton Medgyesi were contributors to the 2011 book Population ageing and the generational economy: A global perspective produced by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Child Well-Being in the European Union - Better monitoring instruments for better policiesTÁRKI Social Research Institute has prepared a background paper for the Hungarian EU presidency that aims at contributing to the child mainstreaming process within the European Union through the improvement of monitoring tools in the field. The background paper is available now online.
The report was presented at the 14 June ISG meeting.
Professor Tamás Rudas, academic director of TARKI, was awarded the Academic AwardTARKI Social Research Institute proudly announces that Professor Tamás Rudas was awarded the Academic Award by the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for eminent scholarly work on analyses of categorical data and fitness of log-linear models. Professor Rudas is a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, head of the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University as well as academic director of TARKI Social Research Institute.
GINI - Growing Inequalities' ImpactsTÁRKI participates in major inequality research in Europe: GINI - Growing Inequalities' Impacts (FP7, DG Research, Contract no. SSH-CT-2010-244592). The core objective of GINI is to deliver what are the social, cultural and political impacts that increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education may have? For the answers, GINI combines an interdisciplinary analysis that draws on economics, sociology, political science and health studies, with improved methodologies, uniform measurement, wide country coverage, a clear policy dimension and broad dissemination.
Social Situation ObservatoryTÁRKI, as a member of a consortium lead by Applica, Brussels (other consortium members: University of Essex and Eurocentre, Vienna) produces annual monitoring reports on trends of income distribution and social inclusion in Europe. The reports cover general income distribution trends, poverty and social inclusion as well as analytic work on causes and main determinants.
Workshop about Conditional Cash TransfersTárki has organised a workshop about activating social policies on 7th May 2010. The World Bank book on Conditional Cash Transfers has been presented and discussed. Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai addressed the conference with a speech on "Breakaway from poverty - mutual responsibility".
Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the EUChildren are an especially vulnerable group because of their dependent status and because they can only partly influence their own well-being. They are also our future: lack of opportunities during childhood all too often will have long-term consequences for the individuals concerned and for society as a whole. Swift action will instead pay off now as well as bear fruit in the years to come by breaking the vicious cycle of the inter-generational transmission of poverty.
Combating child poverty and improving child well-being have therefore become key issues on the policy agenda of the EU and Members States. Following the work carried out in 2007 and 2008 by the European Commission and the Member States in the context of the European Strategy for Social Inclusion, notably the report prepared by the EU Task-Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being, a new study has been launched this year to contribute to the development of more coherent and integrated policies in this area. The study was carried out by TARKI Social Research Institute (Budapest), in collaboration with Applica (Brussels).
TÁRKI European Social Report 2009This book, the second in the series, seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the similarities and differences between the European societies of the enlarged European Union. The report concentrates on the perceptions, opinions and attitudes of Europeans. From the wide range of potential issues we selected those fields that are most relevant to economic activity.
European Inequalities: Social Inclusion and Income Distribution in the European UnionThis book summarizes four years of research on social inclusion and income distribution across the European Union carried out in the framework of the European Observatory on the Social Situation and Demography, which has been established by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission.
Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the EUIn collaboration with Applica (Brussels), TÁRKI Social Research Institute is carrying out a study on child poverty (from December 2008 to December 2009). The study is commissioned by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG EMPL) of the European Commission (contract number: VC/2008/0287). The study aims
(1) to give an in-depth empirical analysis aimed at identifying the determinants of child poverty and the key challenges in each Member State;
(2) to give an overview and assessment of the relative effectiveness of existing child and family care policies in Member States to prevent and reduce child poverty and social exclusion in three areas: income support, access of parents to the labour market and access to enabling services; and
(3) to identify a reduced set of indicators, which best reflect the multi-dimensional nature of child well-being.
TÁRKI Lifepath Analysis of Hungarian Households: a 2007 update of the Hungarian Household Panel 1992-1997TÁRKI has completed a follow-up research of the Hungarian Household Panel (the flagship Hungarian panel survey covering a 2600 initial sample of households and the individuals living in them). The study aimed at monitoring the labour market, income, wealth and opinion changes of the original sample after 15 years of the base survey and 10 years of the last wave, with a success of being able to complete interviews with almost 2700 individuals.
Download project summary (pdf)
Project website: http://www.tarki.hu/hev/
Download the full Hungarian report (pdf)
More on the Hungarian Household panel Survey: http://www.tarki.hu/en/projects/social/index.html#hhp
TÁRKI Social Report 2008The series of social reports monitor the economic, social and political developments of the Hungarian society in both time series and comparative perspective. The most recent issue of the biannual series (in Hungarian) is out in bookstores or can be purchased via http://www.tarsadalomkutatas.hu/
Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD countriesTÁRKI has participated in a major OECD study on income distribution and poverty. The report - entitled "Growing Unequal?" - covers all OECD countries and addresses various topics, such as the extent and evolution of income inequalities, the main drivers of inequalities, the characteristics of poverty, and additional features of inequality such intergenerational mobility and the distribution of household wealth. TÁRKI has been the provider of the Hungarian data on income inequality and poverty and also provided expertise on European income distribution. The press material and selected tables can be downloaded from http://www.oecd.org/els/social/inequality (the entire report is downloadable only for subscribers).
TÁRKI European Social ReportThis new study prepared and published by TÁRKI Social Research Institute provides an overview of demographic, labour market, income and housing situation of households in Europe. The basic data source used is the "Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions" survey of the European Union (EUSILC) of 2005, accompanied by a number of other sources with a Europe-wide focus.
Download the whole report (pdf)
Download by chapters:
Cover page (pdf)
Contents, executive summary (pdf)
Chapter 1 (Demography) (pdf)
Chapter 2 (Labour market) (pdf)
Chapter 3 (Income distribution) (pdf)
Chapter 4 (Housing and material conditions) (pdf)
TÁRKI has a strong tradition of social reporting that aims to elucidate Hungarian and European socio-economic trends and their evolution over time. Earlier series of social reports include:
Social Report Series
TÁRKI Household Monitor Report
An overview of the TÁRKI social reporting activities can be viewed here
TÁRKI Household Monitor Report 2008: 'Distri-Burden'The TÁRKI Research Institute is pleased to present the latest in its long-running series of surveys, which offer a rich source of data for research into the Hungarian people's income and labour market position, and for investigations into household budgets, saving patterns and public attitudes to a wide range of subjects.
see Hungarian version (pdf)
Inequalities in EU countries - results based on OECD methodologyIn October 2007, TÁRKI prepared a research note on income inequality and poverty in the enlarged EU. This research note used the most recent database suitable for international comparative research, the EU Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC), year 2005, which was made available for research by the data use contract between Eurostat and TÁRKI. Analysis of income inequality and poverty was based on the methodology elaborated by OECD.
open research note (pdf)
Ex Ante Evaluation of New Hungary Development PlanThe National Development Agency (NDA) commissioned a consortium led by TÁRKI Social Research Institute (sub-contractor: Kopint-Datorg) to prepare a horizontal evaluation of the effects of the priority axes and interventions defined in the Operational Programmes of the New Hungary Development Plan, according to the criteria set out in the invitation to tender. The horizontal dimensions analysed in the course of the evaluation are as follows: long-term economic development, long-term employment, public finances, disadvantaged social groups and social distribution. A separate executive summary belongs to the evaluation report.
open executive summary (pdf)
Is Social Europe Fit For Globalisation?A study on the social impact of globalization in the European Union
The SIMGLOBE study, carried out by a consortium (members: CEPS, Brussels, Bocconi University, Milano, Nottingham University, Nottingham, DIW, Berlin, an TÁRKI, Budapest) led by CEPS, tries to answer the question if social Europe is fit for globalization. It consists of three main parts. The first looks at the background, the facts and the figures about globalisation. The second part focuses on the social dimension, including extensive documentation of EU social conditions, together with more specific work on migration and trends in inequality. The third part then concentrates on the policy challenges. The report (commissioned by the Unit for Social and Demographic Analysis, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission) can be downloaded directly from the DG Employment website.
open executive summary (pdf - ec.europa.eu)
open full report (pdf - ec.europa.eu)
Social Situation ObservatoryTÁRKI, as a member of a consortium lead by Applica, Brussels (other consortium members: University of Essex and Eurocentre, Vienna) produces annual monitoring reports on trends of income distribution and social inclusion in Europe. The reports cover general income distribution trends, poverty and social inclusion as well as analytic work on causes and main determinants. The reports (commissioned by the Unit for Social and Demographic Analysis, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission) can be downloaded directly from the DG Employment website.
Overview of the European Observatory on Demography and the Social Situation
2005 Annual Monitoring Report (pdf - ec.europa.eu)
2006 Annual Monitoring Report (pdf - ec.europa.eu)
2007 Annual Monitoring Report (pdf - ec.europa.eu)
Release of EU8 Social Inclusion StudyThe papers prepared for the EU8 Social Inclusion Study have been posted on the website below. These include papers on social assistance and social exclusion in the first wave of new member states and case study reports prepared by research teams in Hungary, Poland and Estonia.