EUROSHIP project — 1st National Stakeholder Committee meeting at TÁRKI

In the framework of the EUROSHIP project, TÁRKI hosted a meeting with the participation of the National Stakeholder Committee, consisting of nongovernmental organizations whose activities focus on providing help to vulnerable social groups. The meeting took place at the TÁRKI office on September 2, 2020, with participants including Kinga Joó from the National Association of Large Families in Hungary (Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete), Ákos Pordán from the Hand in Hand Foundation (Kézenfogva Alapítvány), Ádám Rozgonyi-Horváth from the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta (Máltai Szeretetszolgálat), as well as Anikó Bernát, András Gábos, Kata Jávor, Márton Medgyesi, Zsófia Tomka and István György Tóth from TÁRKI.

Economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic

Economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic: distribution and opinion of the involved parties on the measures accompanying the epidemic. This Summary of early May research of TÁRKI Social Research Institute (as of 10.05.2020). What we do know and what we do not (about those who have been affected by the disease and those who think they have been affected...)

Study on extension of IPOLIS

An important objective of the InGRID-2 project is to expand IPOLIS (Integrated Poverty and Living Conditions Indicator System) - currently pertaining to children, young people and elderly people - with data of other socially vulnerable groups. These groups are people with disabilities, as well as migrants and people with a migrant background. Further, additional vulnerable groups like the Roma and institutionalised people will be included at a later stage, following the appropriate development of the related data infrastructure.  

What is the relationship between liberalism, illiberalism and despotic forms of dictatorship?

In Vol. 19 of the series „Comparative Sociology” of Brill, the international academic publisher founded in 1683, Iván Szelényi and Péter Mihályi explore the relationship between liberalism, illiberalism and despotic forms of dictatorship in their article titled „The Two Forms of Modern Capitalism: Liberal and Illiberal States". The bottom line of the paper is that illiberal regimes as long as they offer a minimal legal guarantee to capitalist businesses, can accommodate a capitalist system. Under despotic-dictatorial systems this is unimaginable. 

Hungarian country report is available from the project Children in school: Well-being and beyond

TARKI’s featured research project, titled Children in school: Well-being and beyond has reached an important milestone. The research aims to investigate children’s subjective well-being in their home-, school- and locality environment; it targets pupils in public schools aged 8, 10 and 12. The research is part of the project International Survey of Children’s Wellbeing (ISCWeB), connected to its 3rd wave. Fieldwork has been carried out in the spring of 2019; in 75 schools 1032 / 1043 / 1001 pupils aged 8 / 10 / 12, respectively participated in the survey based on the international questionnaire. The analysis started after the dataset has been finalized and controlled in the fall of 2019.

IPOLIS is being extended

In its present status, IPOLIS, the Integrated Poverty and Living Conditions Indicator System, contains data on children, young people and older people. As an undergoing work, it is now being extended to include disabled persons and migrants (including people with migration background, too). A short note written by András Gábos on the related work to upgrade the visualization tool and the web interface has been published recently. 

InGRID-2 working paper “Social status inequalities in child poverty in the European Union” has been published

The main objective of the report is to descriptively analyse child poverty and the relationship between parental background and material living conditions among children in the EU, while also capturing trajectories in the period of and following the Great Recession. The findings show that there is a considerable difference in the evolution of poverty and material living conditions of children within EU member states depending on what poverty concept and what measure is applied to monitor these trends. The paper was edited by our colleague,  András Gábos. He also contributed to the paper among others. 

InGRID-2 research report “Research infrastructure gaps report Central and Eastern Europe” has been published

The aim of this report is to map the gaps in data sets and research infrastructures in Central and Eastern Europe and to analyse the main obstacles and challenges that underpin these gaps. Also, two case studies with a focus on gaps in data on vulnerable groups in Hungary and working conditions in Poland are presented in the paper. Our colleague, András Gábos is a co-author of the report. 

Euroship kick-off meeting

The EUROSHIP project has successfully launched at the end of February 2020 in a kick-off meeting. During the meeting, the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the work to be carried out in the EUROSHIP project and to agree on the next steps in the implementation of the project. During the two days, European labour and civil society organisations and researchers engaged in lively discussions about the challenges ahead of the EU and the Member States in closing gaps in European social citizenship.  



Call for applications: Expert workshop “Experimental designs in Social Policy Research: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats”

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2020 
Information on applications: 30 June 2020

When: 10-11 September 2020 
Where: Stockholm, Sweden 

Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs have become more popular in social policy research, following the general trend in microeconomics and sociology of advocating social experiments as the main tool for studying causal effects. The strengths of a well-defined experiment are undeniable. Nonetheless, limitations also exist in terms of scalability, generalisability, inherent heterogeneity, the complexity of social policy programs, and the political and ethical reality.