The models of rent seeking and cronyism in the Hungarian energy market

April 27th 2018

Istvan Janos Toth – Klara Ungar: The models of rent seeking and cronyism in the Hungarian energy market.
The analysis of the Hungarian government – MVMP – MET case

In this paper we analyse a regulatory decision made by the Hungarian government in 2011 in the Hungarian energy (gas) market and its developments. Ultimately, this regulation was clearly favourable only to a private company (the MET Hungary AG and its successor the METI AG) originally owned by the Hungarian oil, read more

The Impact of Russia’s state-run propaganda apparatus on the Hungarian online media – 2010-2017

March 23rd, 2018

In this paper we investigate the impact of Russia’s state-run propaganda apparatus on the Hungarian online media using methods of content analysis. During the analysis we downloaded and put into a database the articles of nine Hungarian online portals from 2010 to 2017 (888.hu, hidfo.ru, index.hu, lokal.hu, magyaridok.hu, mindenegyben.com, mno.hu, origo.hu and pestisracok.hu). We analyse 1 million articles and more than 278 million words in total. We compare the content of pro-governmental news portals (888.hu, lokal.hu, read more

Cronyism in Hungary. Empirical analysis of public tenders 2010-2016

February 21, 2018.

Presentation at the conference “János Kornai 90th birthday ” in Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest,
February 21-22,  2018

Abstract

In this paper, we use the public procurement database built by CRCB, which contains data from more than 230,000 public tenders from 1997 to 2017. The analysis is based on data from 126,330 public procurement contracts from 2010 to 2016. The focus of the analysis is public tenders (without framework agreements) won by companies read more

Bangladesh, Zambia and Hungary. Data publication practice of the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority

February 19th, 2018

In this research note we briefly analyse the data publication standard used by the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority regarding its official website. We compare the Hungarian protocol with the case of Zambia and Bangladesh concerning the accessibility of contract award notices. This type of document contains the most important information on public tenders. These pieces of information (the number of bidders, the contract value, the estimated value, the issuer name, the winner name) read more

DATA PUBLICATION FOR EU CITIZENS – 1/2018

February 13th 2018

One of the aims of CRCB is to improve the trancparency of the Hungarian public procurement and to help the researchers, the journalists and other stakeholders have access to public procurement data. Accordingly, we decided to make a part of uncleaned version of public procurement database built by CRCB accessibe and publish some main indicators of public tenders: publication date, name of issuer, name of winner, contract value, number of bidders, and the links of tenders on the Hungarian Public read more

How does the Kleptocratic State Work in Hungary?

István János Tóth – Miklós Hajdu: How does the Kleptocratic State Work in Hungary? A research note based on Hungarian public procurement data. CRCB, Budapest, January 26 2018.

January 26th  2018

In this research note, we use the public procurement database built by CRCB, which contains data from more than 200,000 public tenders from 1997 to 2017. The analysis is based on data from 126,330 public procurement contracts from 2010 to 2016. The focus of the analysis is public tenders (without framework agreements) won by companies related to cronies read more

Public tenders of Hungarian hospitals on the standard dissection table of the economic analysis

January 24th 2018

István János Tóth – Miklós Hajdu: Public tenders of Hungarian hospitals on the standard dissection table of the economic analysis. Analysis of intensity of competition, corruption risks and price distortion of Hungarian public procurement. Budapest: CRCB, January, 2018.

Abstract

In the following short paper, we analyse the contracts of a Hungarian EU-funded programme (KEOP – 5.6.0/E/15) involved in an ongoing investigation of the Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA). The investigation was started for suspect of collusion and among the suspects involved are both Hungarian owned firms and read more

Brief analysis on the cronyism in Hungary

December 24th 2017

Before the issuers publish their calls for tenders, they have to calculate the estimated price of the procurement. This calculation can be based on their experience from previous tenders and on the results of market research.  The price drop between the estimated value and the actual contract price can be regarded as a proxy for measure the intensity of competition. The higher competition between the bidders will result in more intense price competition what should lead to lower read more

CRCB-WP/2017:2

Tóth, István János – Hajdu, Miklós: Intensity of Competition, Corruption Risks and Price Distortion in the Hungarian Public Procurement – 2009-2016. Working Paper Series: CRCB-WP/2017:2, CRCB, Budapest.

The report was carried out by CRCB for the European Commission and examines data from Hungarian public procurement in the period between 2009 and 2016. The data of 151,457 contracts were used for the analysis. The analysis focuses on information regarding the intensity of competition, price read more