Social politics

Generational accounts in Hungary (1992-2001)

TÁRKI has conducted several generational accounting exercises that produced a time series of intergenerational balances for Hungary for each year between 1992 and 2001. The same calculation was performed on the budget of the general government - applying the same set of assumptions on tax incidence, the breakdown of household consumption by individual household members, and other relevant methodological issues - in order to get truly comparable results. The time series revealed a strong political business cycle of public spending.

ESS - The European Social Survey

The ESS is a piece of international comparative research, that aims to monitor the countries of Europe in the dimensions of sociology and political science. TÁRKI, in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been responsible for the national survey in Hungary since 2002. The ESS questionnaire includes two main sections; a 'core' module which remains relatively constant from round to round, plus two or more 'rotating' modules.

Pension Reform and Intergenerational Redistribution in Hungary (2003)

In a generational accounting analysis, we separated the long-term effects of the main components of the comprehensive 1997 Hungarian pension reform. This calculation was later revised and extended using retrospective data in order to quantify intergenerational redistribution in the Hungarian pension system through the complete life-cycles of subsequent generations.

Study on the Social Protection Systems in the 13 Applicant Countries: Hungary Country Study (2002-2003)

During the preparations for EU enlargement, the European Commission constantly sought to improve its knowledge of the challenges to social cohesion, and of the strategic policy responses adopted in candidate countries to tackle these challenges. An important milestone was the 2002 project to prepare for the accession states to plug into the ongoing process of exchange of good practice within the Union.

Households, Work and Flexibility (HWF) (2000-2003)

TÁRKI was a partner in the HWF (Households, Work and Flexibility) project, supported by the Fifth EU Framework Programme. Flexibility has long been a topic of debate in Western Europe, and this debate is now coming to the fore in the New European Countries (EU10) as well. In this comparative research, a representative sample survey of the following countries was used: the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania. The surveys were carried out in 2001 (N=11194).

Horizontal ex-ante evaluation / National Development Plans (2007)

The National Development Agency (NDA) commissioned a consortium led by TÁRKI 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. The horizontal dimensions analyzed 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.

"Millenium Development Goals" MDG Report for the UNDP

'I hope sincerely that the findings of this Report support and promote the preparation and implementation of National Action Plans on social inclusion. The process of preparing the Report has already focused the debate on specific development priorities and has helped in drawing up action points for policy reform, institutional change and resource allocation.' So wrote Dr Kinga Göncz (former state secretary at the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Family) on the Millennium Development Goals Report for Hungary, produced by TÁRKI for the UNDP.

Report on Millennium Development Goals (2003)

In 2003/4 a research was undertaken by TÁRKI in order to prepare country report for Hungary, which assess the country’s progress towards meeting the Global Millennium Development Goals. The Hungarian Millennium Development Goals Report has as its main goal to have lasting improving effect on people's lives. Summarizing the achievements so far, setting new national goals and targets has helped national authorities, civic organizations, and policy makers to find the most secure path for the Hungarian sustainable human development.

Barriers to Roma Employment (UNDP, 2005)

TÁRKI was the UNDP's Hungarian partner for its 2005 project entitled Barriers to Employment Policy Analysis. This policy-oriented research set out to identify the existing barriers to employment facing Roma, and to suggest possible short- and medium-term steps to increase the employability of Roma, relative to other groups. The same research was carried out in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.