Household Lifecourse Survey Project (HÉV) (2006-2008)

The Household Lifecourse Survey Project (HÉV) was supported by the NKTH Jedlik programme. The aim of the project was to explore changes to Hungarian households with the help of a panel sample.
HÉV was both a unique methodological opportunity and challenge in that we aimed to locate the 2,500 household that took part in the 1992 Hungarian Household Panel's research sample. The research aimed to obtain comprehensive knowledge of the Hungarian population's situation regarding income, assets, and labor market, as well as changes in attitudes. Beyond presenting basic information, we established a database that enabled modelling of social policy and scientific international comparative examinations.
The research results were useful for economic and sociological analyses as well as for providing new knowledge about the structure of Hungarian society. One research result was the establishment of a micro-database based on the newly collected data, which were compatible with TARKI's 1992 household database. By this means, the dynamics of post-communist Hungarian social structure was accessible for examination over a longer term. The applied panel methodology also enabled researchers, by examining individual and household lifecourses over longer periods, to analyze the effects of joining the European Union on households and the micro-level conditions of societal economic competitiveness.