Social structure

Hungarian Household Panel Study (1992-1997)

The Hungarian Household Panel Study was a joint research project conducted by TÁRKI, the Budapest University of Economics, the Central Statistical Office, the National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) and several other Hungarian institutions. During the project, a nationwide sample of 2,600 households was surveyed on a yearly basis between 1991 and 1997. The research focused on changes in the dynamics of the labour market, income inequalities, the life prospects of the various strata of the population and the financial and economic strategies of households.

TÁRKI Household Monitor Survey (1998- biennial, ongoing)

In terms of its research topics, the Household Monitor is a continuation of the Hungarian Household Panel, but without its longitudinal aspect. Its purpose is to provide a reliable assessment of the changes in the stratification of society and in social inequality. The survey is focused primarily on issues concerning the labour market and income, consumer attitudes, savings, economic expectations and economic behaviour, though changing social relations are also included among the topics of the survey.

World Bank Poverty Assessment (1998-2001)

TÁRKI produced a background study for the 1998 World Bank Poverty Assessment review of Hungary. The paper was part of a project that had three different elements. First, a new release of all the completed waves of the Hungarian Panel Study was prepared and, after it was supplemented by a new, comprehensive weighting system, this was handed over to the World Bank research team as the empirical foundation for their research. Second, a comprehensive overview was drawn up of longitudinal poverty trends in Hungary.

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.

OECD Analysis (2003,2005,2007)

In October 2007, TÁRKI prepared a research note on income inequality and poverty in the enlarged EU. This research note used the most recent database suitable for international comparative research, the EU Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC), year 2005, which was made available for research by the data use contract between Eurostat and TÁRKI. Analysis of income inequality and poverty was based on the methodology elaborated by OECD.

Child Poverty (2008-2009)

The study, which was considered as a follow-up of the work carried out in 2007 by the Commission and the Member States and notably of the report on child poverty and child well-being prepared by the EU Task Force on child poverty and child well-being, aimed at assisting the development of more coherent and integrated policies to combat child poverty and exclusion in the Member States.

GINI - Growing Inequalities' Impacts (2010-2013)

TÁRKI participated in a major inequality research in Europe: GINI - Growing Inequalities' Impacts (FP7, DG Research, Contract no. SSH-CT-2010-244592). The core objective of GINI was to deliver what are the social, cultural and political impacts that increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education may have?

ImPRovE (2012-2016)

The „Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation (ImPRovE)” research project was launched in March of 2012. It aimed to evaluate the Lisbon decade in terms of policies and actions against poverty at European, national and sub-national level and to improve the understanding of the interrelationships between employment, social protection and social inclusion and between institutionalised macro level social policies and innovative local action.

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.