How to Approach the Unreachable? -Pilot analysis of unit non-response and ineligible populations in empirical surveys by re-contacting-

The goal of the research is to investigate the relative size and internal distribution of unit nonresponse and non-contact segments of the Hungarian population in the case of empirical social surveys. In our research, we determine the internal probabilities of being contacted and to be ready to participate if contacted. Also, our research goal is to determine “other factors” (auxiliary information) that might affect probabilities in the last stage of sampling (to be ready to participate if contacted).

Background and research questions

Patrimonial tendencies and social closure: How mobility-blocking sticky floors and sticky ceilings operate and change over time?

(A medium-term (1980-2020) account of the mechanisms of social closure in Hungary - and elsewhere)

The focus of the research is on the barriers to social mobility in the post-transition Hungary and (for comparisons) in several other countries. The central theme is the place and mechanisms of internal ruptures blocking greater merit-based fluidity in the society. Detailed micro-analysis of major social science datasets spanning through four decades will serve as a base of the investigation.

Urban Policy Innovation to address inequality with and for future generations (UPLIFT) 2020-2023

The UPLIFT consortium (led by the Metropolitan Research Institute) seeks to establish an innovative approach to urban policy design for reducing socio-economic inequalities. UPLIFT follows a multi-layer research method to map the processes and drivers of urban inequality in the post-crisis context. First, it uses macro level findings to contextualise micro level outcomes. It analyses the scale and dimensions of inequality in the EU, focusing on the national and regional (NUTS 2) scale.

Research on poverty trends and main drivers in Hungary

The research project launched in December 2019 aims to analyse the causes of recent poverty decline in Hungary in a European comparison. We also plan to describe the segmentation of those living in poverty or social exclusion. The project lasts till November 2022 and is supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund. The research is coordinated by András Gábos and also involves Réka Branyiczki and István György Tóth.