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Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the EU

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Project details

The project was commissioned by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Unit E.2 of the European Commission

Contract number: VC/2008/0287

Timing of the contract: December 2008 – December 2009

Contractor: Tárki Social Research Institute, Budapest
Responsible: István György Tóth (Tárki)
Co-Directors: István György Tóth (Tárki) and Terry Ward (Applica)
Project Coordinator: András Gábos (Tárki)

The project team

TÁRKI Social Research Institute (Budapest) and Applica sprl. (Brussels) formed a consortium and were responsible for the coordination of the project. The Report was a joint effort of the Consortium and of other affiliated experts from European Centre for Social Welfare and Research (Vienna), Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex (Colchester).

To support the core team of the project, a steering committee was established at the outset. Its members are Michael Förster (OECD), Hugh Frazer (National University of Ireland), Petra Hoelscher (UNICEF), Eric Marlier (CEPS/INSTEAD) and Holly Sutherland (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex), together with the two co-directors István György Tóth (TÁRKI) and Terry Ward (Applica, chair of the Steering Committee).

Contributors to the project were: Anikó Bernát (TÁRKI), Emanuela di Falco (Applica), Annamária Gáti (TÁRKI-TUDOK), Liesbeth Haagdorens (Applica), Zsófia Ignácz (TÁRKI), Marianna Kopasz (TÁRKI), Orsolya Lelkes (Eurocentre), Manos Matsaganis (Athens University of Economics and Business), Márton Medgyesi (TÁRKI), Orsolya Mihály (TÁRKI), Erhan Ozdemir (Applica), Alari Paulus (University of Essex), Nirina Rabemiafara (Applica), Fadila Sanoussi (Applica), Isilda Shima (Eurocentre), Holly Sutherland (University of Essex), Péter Szivós (TÁRKI), István György Tóth (TÁRKI), Terry Ward (Applica).

Country study experts: Zsuzsa Blaskó (Demographic Research Institute, Budapest) – Hungary; Jonathan Bradshaw (Social Policy Research Unit, University of York) – United Kingdom; Daniela del Boca (Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD), University of Turin) – Italy; Hugh Frazer (National University of Ireland) – Ireland; Joachim Frick (DIW Berlin) – Germany; Markus Jäntti (Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University) – Finland; Manos Matsaganis (Athens University of Economics and Business) – Greece; Michel Legros (Department of Human and Social Sciences and Health Behaviour, École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique) – France; Nada Stropnik (Inštitut za Ekonomska Raziskovanja, Ljubljana) – Slovenia; Andres Vörk (University of Tartu) – Estonia; Irena Wóycicka (Gdansk Institute for Market Economics) – Poland.


The core team benefited greatly from the contributions of the external members of the steering committee. We would also like to express our special thanks to Eric Marlier (chairman of the EU Task-Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being) and Isabelle Engsted-Maquet from DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities for their comments aimed at improving and focusing the Report, and bringing it into line with the ongoing Social OMC process.