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TRKI Social Research Inc. is an independent, employee-owned research organisation that specialises in policy research in the fields of social policy and the social consequences of economic policies. This includes related data-collection, archiving and statistical activities. We recently increased our involvement in the areas of strategic market research and health policy analysis. In addition, we regularly contribute to basic research, in the areas of social stratification and inequality, and to the methodology of empirical social research.

A new chapter in the story of the Hungarian Social Report: the 2016 edition is out now

Trkis biannual Hungarian Social Report has been published in October, 2016. Since its first publication in 1990, the report aims to give a balanced overview on the Hungarian social trends and processes of the past two years.

The report of 2014 was published through crowdfunding, only by civil support, which shows the need for evidence-based, objective analysis of social trends in Hungary. In 2016, the report was again financed by the Ministry of Human Resources. The studies of the 2016 Social Report present a comprehensive picture on the most important trends and figures of the Hungarian social, economic, and political scene.

The Social Report 2016 reports on improving labour market situation but also highlights risks of misinterpreting data on public works. It is underlined that the Hungarian economy appears to be dual, with a well-functioning sector dominated by multinationals while domestic industries and SME-s showing signs of struggle. Other papers warn about increased corruption risks and weak competition in public procurements with structural funds being at higher than average risk. Chapters on social structure highlight that income and wealth inequality is at a relatively modest level, but the average living standard is at a low level, there is a narrow and weak middle class and a large deprived segment of the society. For the first time the report includes estimates of the Hungarian wealth distribution. The chapters on health and education systems explore urgent needs for reform to tackle large health inequality by education subgroups and also to improve the (currently very weak) capacity of the education system to alleviate intergenerational transmission of disadvantages.

More on the chapters in English is available here.

An English presentation of the main results is available here:

Chapter downloads media coverage, history of the Social report is available here (in Hungarian):

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