Analysis of the situation of children in Hungary by András Gábos and István György Tóth has come out in Hungarian social policy periodical "Esély" (in Hungarian)

The paper analyses the effects of the Great Recession on child poverty in Hungary. The authors find that the increase in child poverty in the first phase of the crisis (2007–10) was driven by labour market trends, while the (weakened, but still functioning) automatic stabilizers reduced the magnitude of these effects. By contrast, in the second phase (2010–13), labour market processes started to improve, though the shift towards a regressive social policy regime contributed to increased poverty rates via the reduced poverty reduction impacts of cash benefits.

Another award for Tárki

This year the Bezerédj-prize was awarded to 'The Hungarian Social Report' series, published by Tárki Zrt. The Bezerédj -prize was founded by Dr. Zoltán Bezerédj in 1993 to acknowledge and reward prominent Hungarian entities in the field of Arts and Sciences living in the country or abroad. 'The HungarianSocial Report' series, after prominent researchers and artists, was awarded in 2019 by the board of curators. The prize was presented by the chair of the board, Zoltán Bezerédi.



Presentation of OECD reports on social mobility and on the middle classes

TÁRKI, as a frequent contributor and partner to various OECD reports, organized a presentation of two recent reports of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development for selected international and Hungarian press.  The two reports deal with major challenges of contemporary democracies in advanced economies of the world: in the lack of social mobility and the squeeze of the middle classes. The combined presentation of the two reports provided an excellent opportunity to discuss reasons, trends and potential policy options for building more efficient economies AND more inclusive societies at the same time. The two reports, 1. A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility, 2. Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class are:


Béla Janky's article on labeling Asylum Seekers in a Political Campaign has been published

This paper investigates the moderating role of public discourse in the effects of labeling asylum seekers on attitudes toward asylum policy. The study relies on a series of survey experiments conducted in Hungary in 2015 and 2016.
Originally, respondents were much more solidaristic toward “refugees” than “immigrants,” but the public discussion on asylum policy suppressed this wording effect—mainly by contaminating the concept of “refugee.”
A major lesson is that the power of words may be overestimated. Choice of words could have a significant effect on the audience when the stakes are low. However, when an issue is high on the agenda, wording alone cannot make up for the lack of deliberative analysis.