Hungary: where do we stand in 2012? A conference on economic conditions and social cohesion
Concept, research questions
Tárki Social Research Institute – together with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Budapest Office – organised an international conference
on social and economic conditions in Hungary in 2012. The major issues discussed at the conference include:
- How does the Hungarian social structure change? What are the underlying trends in the role of human capital in shaping social structure? How do social policies affect the accumulation of human capital and of the skills structure of the labour force?
- What are the major trends in family and household formation?
- How did economic policies succeed in managing the country’s vulnerability (in terms of public and private debt service)? How did the competitiveness of the country (and of Hungarian firms) change?
- Did employment levels improve, do Hungarians find enough jobs in Hungary, how international job mobility trends changed?
- How did the relative position of people belonging to various age groups change most recently?
- How has social cohesion (trust, inclusiveness, participation) evolved in Hungary?
- What can we say about the rising far right in the political arena? Are there limits to their expansion?
The conference has a very strong crossnational comparative component. Most papers compare Hungary to EU countries. The preliminary conference program is attached with planned names. Presentations are discussed by internationally renowned experts of the field. Discussants are then asked in the last session for summarizing their impressions: the situation of Hungary based on their assessments of the papers.
The conference is jointly organized by TÁRKI and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The presentations are available for download:
Tamás Kolosi: Social Reporting in Hungary presentation
Tamás Kolosi (TÁRKI) – Tamás Keller (TÁRKI): Schooling… Is it worth the effort? presentation
Max Haller: Comments to presentations in Session 1: Social and economic context presentation
István Harcsa (KSH) – Judit Monostori (KSH): Family structure through the life cycle presentation
Gábor Oblath (MTA Közgazdaság- és Regionális Tudományi Kutatóközpont, ELTE Közgazdaságtudományi tanszék) – Éva Palócz (KOPINT-TÁRKI): Vulnerable economy: vulnerable state, vulnerable households (in Hungarian) presentation
Péter Vakhal (KOPINT-TÁRKI): The development of Hungarian competitiveness on the basis of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index: cause-and-effect relationships presentation
Ágnes Hárs (KOPINT-TÁRKI): Labour market crisis: changes and responses presentation
Júlia Koltai (ELTE) – Endre Sik (TÁRKI): International income-generating migration (labour-market and entrepreneurial) in the Hungarian–Slovak–Ukrainian tri-border region presentation
Márton Medgyesi (TÁRKI) – István György Tóth(TÁRKI): Drivers of income inequalities in Hungary on the long run presentation
András Gábos (TÁRKI) – Kopasz Marianna: The well-being of children in Hungary from an EU perspective presentation
Péter Szivós (TÁRKI): The role of Hungarian social policy in tackling inequality: trends in recent decades presentation
Gábor Kézdi (CEU-KTI) – János Divényi (CEU): Low employment among the 50+ population in Hungary presentation
Pieter Vanhuysse (Eurocentre, Vienna): Low employment among 50plussers: Is Hungary special? Why? presentation
Tamás Keller (TÁRKI): The connection between life satisfaction and material aspirations presentation
Zoltán Fábián (TÁRKI): Indicators of social cohesion: Hungary from comparative perspectives presentation
Dániel Horn (KTI): Income inequality and voter turnout presentation
Márton Medgyesi (TÁRKI): Attitudes towards inequalities in Hungary presentation
Anikó Bernát (TÁRKI) – Péter Krekó (Political Capital) – Attila Juhász (Political Capital) – Csaba Molnár (Political Capital): The roots of radicalism and ati-roma attitudes on the far right presentation
Krzysztof Zagorski (Kozminski Univ. Warsaw): Hungarian society, 2012 Some remarks for discussion presentation