European Observatory on the Social Situation (2005-2016)

Researchers: András Gábos, Márton Medgyesi, István György Tóth, Péter Szivós, Anikó Bernát, Tamás Keller

Between 2005 and 2016 TÁRKI was a member of a consortium that monitored and reported on trends in income distribution and social inclusion - i.e. on the overall inclusiveness of European society. It monitored the situation on income and wealth, the impact of the tax-benefit system, access to services, questions related to poverty and population groups particularly at risk of exclusion. This involved examining the relationship between income and living standards and the extent to which the former, as usually defined and measured, determined the latter, and, accordingly, how far households and the people living in them were able to participate fully in society and avoid deprivation and exclusion. It also involved consideration of other factors that influence living standards and involvement in society, particularly the tax and benefit system in place in different countries and other measures implemented by governments to provide social support, as well as access to employment, decent housing and so on. The reports were produced for the EC Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunity between 2005 and 2016. The work was coordinated by Applica (Belgium).

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