Newsletter of TARKI Social Research Institute - June 2015.
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  Are we faring well? Situation of households after the financial crisis

The most recent wave of the Tarki Household Monitor Survey (released in April 2015) was published by Tarki. The survey investigates topics of income distribution, poverty, consumption and economic expectations as well as political attitudes. The survey covered 2,000 households and all household members aged 16 and over living in these households, this time it was conducted in October 2012. Results show anincrease in income inequality between 2009 and 2012 (when the decile ratio jumped from 7.2 to 9.0) and then seems to have stopped (decile ratio was measured at 8.1 in 2014). Relative income poverty remained at the same 
level (17 percent of the total population lives from an income less than 60 percent of the population median. (In the previous period the jump of poverty rate from pre-crisis levels of around 10 percent to around 17 percent was very large). However, material deprivation rates declined considerably between 2012 and 2014. 

More information and the publication here.

  After the widely analysed (1991, 1994, 1999, 2005) surveys, now the most recent 2007, 2010 and 2012 waves of the Tárki Household Monitor Survey have been integrated with the LIS (Luxembourg Income Study) database and are hence available for analysis for all our users around the world!

For downloading please visit the webpage 

In February 2015, a four-year research project on the role and impact of the EU neighborhood policies was completed. Attached is the link to the Hungarian country report which covers an executive summary and a book-long case study about the cross-border processes in the tri-border zone of Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

At the end of April general results were presented by TARKI along with Professor James Scott (Karelian Institute, Finland) ,i.e. the cross-border relations between the EU and their neighbors from the freezing Norway-Russian border to the hot Spain-Morocco border. His presentation was followed by a brief summary of the Hungarian case study by Professor Endre Sik (ELTE, Tárki) the leader of the Hungarian team.
More information on the project here
News & Researches
Following the detailed preparation András Gábos and Marianna Kopasz completed the IPOLIS (Integrated Poverty and Living Conditions Indicator System) concept paper . The aim of this paper was to provide a general conceptual framework, as well as to set up a structure for the Integrated Poverty and Living Conditions Indicator System (IPOLIS). The paper will also serve as the basis of the forthcoming methodological and data infrastructure reports on three age groups: children, the youth and the elderly. 

Following the concept paper Gábos and Kopasz prepared a methodological and data infrastructure report on the Child module of IPOLIS. The paper (i) provides a full indicator proposal for the children portfolio of IPOLIS; (ii) prepares an indicator fiche for each and every proposed indicator; and (iii) makes ready the set-up of the Child module of the IPOLIS database for all countries and all years specified by the IPOLIS Concept Paper (including main indicators as well as breakdowns where relevant).

Within the project 13 research centres offers Visiting grants for free-of-charge access to their infrastructures and expertise and databases in poverty, work and social policy or one of our statistical competence centres. The next deadlines for applicants is 15 July 2015, for visits starting from November 2015. REad more on the process , terms and conditions here.

Researchers from TÁRKI published several papers within the ImPRovE project during the first half of 2015.  TARKI has been involved in WP11 and WP20 by elaborating three Hungarian case studies about how social innovation is implemented in social integration programmes. One case study analyzing the Housing First initiative providing social rentals for homeless people in Budapest; another case study on charity shops shows an example how employment of vulnerable people, environmental sustainability and social responsibility can strengthen one another in one initiative in a natural way, while the third case study provides an overview on study halls as extracurricular educational services for vulnerable and Roma children all over the country.

More case studies in wp 11, further information under ‘publication’, other deliverables of the project are available here.

The 7th ImPRovE Project Management Team meeting took place on 20-22 May 2015 in Antwerp. The project will end early next year. A final conference will be organised on 3-4 February 2016, in Antwerp. 
Since February, 2015 TARKI has been working on the project entitled “New dimension in social protection towards community based living of disabled people in Hungary”, funded by ESF, commissioned by the
Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Non-profit Ltd. Hungary (FSZK). The aims of the project are preparing policy proposals (reforms) related to the deinstitutionalisation of the residential social institutions to renew social services. This project will be implemented through a combination of original research and consultation with stakeholders. Tárki will carry out both empirical research (own data collection on costs and quality of life outcomes of services and family living) and a secondary analysis of available data.
More on the project here . 
 Tárki has been the member of the Hungarian team of FRANET, the EU  Agency for Fundamental Rights in various research projects related to  fundamental rights, equality, situation of minority groups, etc. since      September, 2014. Since January 2015 we have been working on the project entitled " Migrants and their descendants: social inclusion and participation in society" . More information on the recearches of FRA .

 The fist edition of Tárk(:I:)nfo has launched.

Respondent evaluations of the present economic situation in Central and Eastern Europe - CEORG ‘barometer’,  January 2014-January 2015

Members of CEORG (Centrum pro výzkum veoejného míniní, CVVM, Czech Republic, TÁRKI Társadalomkutatási Intézet, Hungary, FÓRUM Institute, Slovakia and Centrum Badania Opinii Spolecznej, CBOS Poland) repeated a block of questions on economic complacency. Tarki made a short summary of the answers.

  Tarki Data Archive has gained a new project as a member of the consortium of 'CESSDA-SaW: Strengthening and widening the European infrastructure for social science data archives'.

The aim of the EC Horizon 2020 financed project,  after CESSDA ERIC successful launch, now the widened membership which must form a strong and sustained network, where global best practice is built in to the infrastructure of European social science and research. The visibility of this research infrastructure and its importance to excellent evidence in policy making will be enhanced. Further, existing national infrastructures must complete their transition into a holistic service, capable of access services for all. Beginning of the 24 months long project is Autumn 2015. For further information please visit CESSDA webpage.


Academic director of Tárki, Prof. Tamás Rudas appears in “Categorical Data Analysis” (published by SAGE Publications Ltd , edited by: Keming Yang.)  A New Index of Structure for the Analysis of Models for Mobility Tables and Other Cross-Classifications. Co-authors: Clifford Clogg, Tamas Rudas and Liwen Xi.      More on the publication here 

The Second Edition of International Encyclopedia of the Social and  Behavioral Sciences

  After 5 years in development and contributions from more than 5,000 authors and     editors, Tamás Rudas is among the authors with his article:
  “Log-Linear  and Marginal Models “, 2015, Pages 322–327, here.

 Under the expert guidance of Editor-in-Chief James Wright, the Encyclopedia 
 provides an authoritative and comprehensive resource enabling graduate 
students, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and professionals to gain a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary social and behavioral sciences. More on the books

Tárki researchers published several papers within the ImPRovE project during the first half of of 2015. András Gábos, together with Sara Ayllón (University of Girona) analyzed the dynamic interrelationship between the EU2020 poverty and social exclusion indicators. Downloadable here . 

András Gábos, Réka Branyiczki, Barbara Lange and István György Tóth produced a working paper on employment and poverty dynamics in the EU countries before, during and after the crisis. 
TÁRKI staff and company news

University of Pennsylvania released its new ranking of think tanks, TARKI appears in three lists of the top institutions: ranked no 34 among Central and Eastern European think tanks covering all area of research, selected as no 44 of the social policy think tanks and no 71 of the domestic economic policy think tanks worldwide; these two positions were similar to 2013. The lists are produced by detailed methodology using 18 criteria and ranking 6600 institutions and think tanks worldwide. The report with the rankings and the methodology can be found here.

Our researchers’ presentations:
Who? Where? What? When?
Róbert, Péter Workshop on Hungary: From a Voting Booth Revolution to an Illiberal State? Political, Social, and Economic Developments in Hungary over the last Five Years 
Ost-Europa Institut, Freie Universität, Berlin 
Peter presented the followings: Legitimating the System in Hungary: Political Attitudes, Satisfaction with Democracy’
More information on the program here 
3 February
Tóth, István György
" Protection, Activity, Empowerment"  conference on fight against powerty, organised by Ministry of Human Resources,  Budapest, Kesztyűgyár
Presentation by ImPRovE working paper, Gábos-Branyicki-Lange-Tóth: Employment and poverty dynamics in the EU countries and Hungary before, during and after the crisis.  10 February
Tóth, István György Conference on Thomas Piketty, organised by Kossuth Publishing Company, at Hungarian National Academy, Budapest video of his presentation can be seen here and his article is published here 22
Sik, Endre Final presentation of EUborderrion project and case studies at Tárki library, Budapest Presentation of the Hungarian case study about the cross-border processes in tri-border zone between Hungary, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  Download here 29
 Sik, Endre FreedomKeepers Conference and Workshop about "Human trafficking in Europe" organised by Young Citizen Danube Network , Budapest, Andrássy University  Human trafficking in sociological perspective".  Look for the presentation and  the conference programme . 14-15
Simonovits, Bori and Sik, Endre Conference on dillemas of the paradigm of qualitative and quantitative  methods, Semmelweis University, Budapest  Endre's presentation is about how can we get through the false dillemas? His presentation here, the conference program is here  20

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