Social politics

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.

STYLE - Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (2014-2017)

The STYLE (Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe) project brought 24 consortium partners together, including an international advisory network and local advisory boards of employers, unions, policy makers and NGOs from over 20 European countries. The project was led by the University of Brighton, ran for 42 months, examined the obstacles and opportunities affecting youth employment in Europe. 

SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 120,000 individuals aged 50 or older (more than 297,000 interviews). SHARE covers 27 European countries and Israel.

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.

European Observatory on the Social Situation (2005-2016)

Between 2005 and 2016 TÁRKI was a member of a consortium that monitored and reported on trends in income distribution and social inclusion - i.e. on the overall inclusiveness of European society. It monitored the situation on income and wealth, the impact of the tax-benefit system, access to services, questions related to poverty and population groups particularly at risk of exclusion.


Monitoring pension developments through micro socio economic instruments based on individual data sources: feasibility study (PENMICRO), commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities 

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.

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.

Study on Social Dimension in the Candidate Countries (BALKANDIDE) (2005-2006)

BALKANDIDE examined in depth the social situation in four countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey) that were/are candidates for membership in the EU and identified the major challenges in their demographic, social and economic context that are most pertinent for determining a candidate country's capacity to function in the Union.