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Newsletter 1/2015

January-March 2015

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Project updates

 Effects of Labor Market Status and Education on Subjective Well-Being of the Youth In Europe – (2015 Jan – Dec) Funded by CERGE EI GDN

Research fellow Judit Kálmán’s has won a one year research opportunity on the CERGE EI GDN research competition. She is analysing the wellbeing of youth in Europe, particularly the effects of their employment status and education – using EU SILC data recently released. The interim findings will be presented in a workshop in August 2015 in Prague.


Firms, Strategy and Performance – (2013-2018), Funded by HAS, Lendület program

Balázs Muraközy, head of the research unit introduced the goals and results of the team at HAS’s ‘Lendület’ Day. Muraközy said that participation in ‘Lendület’ program has fostered research in two fundamental ways: it made it possible to form a great research team and to get access to rich microdata sets. To read more about the research, visit their website:

MIT Human Mobility and Networks Lab

Research fellow Balázs Lengyel won the award of the Rosztoczy Foundation to conduct post-doctoral research work at the MIT Human Mobility and Networks Research Lab in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Marta Gonzalez. See the website of the project:

 Publication highlights

 Bock B, Kovács K, Shucksmith M.: Changing social characteristics, patterns of inequality and exclusion. In: Copus AK, de Lima Ph (szerk.): Territorial cohesion in rural Europe: The relational turn in rural development. London; New York: Routledge, 2015. pp. 193-211. (Regions and Cities; 76.)

Poverty and social exclusion are increasing Europe-wide, following the recent economic crisis, but also for long-standing reasons. This chapter summarizes what is known about patterns of poverty and social exclusion across rural Europe, drawing particularly upon an analysis of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS). Read the chapter

Gittins, T. – Lang, R. – Sass M.: The effect of return migration driven social capital on SME internationalisation : A comparative case study of IT sector entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe. Review of Managerial Science Vol. 9. No. 2. 2015. p. 385-409.

Transition to a market-based economic structure in the post-communist countries of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region since the early 1990s has been accompanied by intense IT-driven technological change. Internationalisation opportunities have emerged for IT sector small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based on the region’s strong possession of technical skills. However, while enhanced SME internationalisation is desirable in policy terms, the current socio-economic transitional context of the region is not compatible with a highly competitive global business environment. Read more

Köllő J.: Patterns of integration : Low-educated people and their jobs in Norway, Italy and Hungary. Economics of Transition, Vol. 23. No. 1. 2015. p. 105-134.

This paper compares the distribution of jobs by complexity and firms’ willingness to hire low-educated labour for jobs of varying complexity in Norway, Italy and Hungary. In investigating how unqualified workers can cope with complex jobs, it compares their involvement in various forms of post-school skills formation. Read more

Szalavetz A.: Post-crisis approaches to state intervention: New developmentalism or industrial policy as usual ?. In: Competition & Change, Vol. 19. No. 1. 2015. p. 70–83

The 2008 global crisis seems to have departed radically from the prevailing neoliberal ideology and practice concerning states’ minimal involvement in the economy. This article is an essay on and a literature review of the post-crisis features of ‘industrial policy’-type state interventions. Read more

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 Recent conference presentations

Kálmán J.: Coordinated policies and cohesion policies, their relationship and impact on the Member States in 2000-2010 Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

4-6 February 2015, University of Latvia, Riga

Research fellow presented her paper on Coordinated policies and cohesion policies, their relationship and impact on the Member States in 2000-2010 – which is a joint analysis of Lisbon, EU2020 and Cohesion Policies of the EU, prepared jointly with Estonian and Austrian colleagues in the GRINCOH project..
See presentation, Read the paper

 Üpcoming events

 16-17 April Mapping out vulnerable sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries – Macroeconomic aspects , Warsaw, project workshop

11 June David DeRemer: Suspiciously Timed Trade Disputes, KTI seminar series