December 13, 2019
Tóth, István János – Hajdu, Miklós. 2019. Corruption, Institutions and Convergence. Empirical Analysis of Public Tenders of the Old and New EU Member States and Three Developing Countries. Budapest: CRCB.
This paper focuses on the measurement of institutional convergence in the new EU member states and four Southern European EU member countries. Previous studies have used perception data or expert surveys at the country level to quantify institutional convergence. We present a new method that is based on hard micro-level data. Our approach focuses on read more
2019 szeptember 5.
Az alábbiakban a magyar állam egy intézménye, a Közbeszerzési Hatóság (KH) által egy tudományos műhely (CRCB) ellen indított bírósági eljárás részleteit ismertetjük. A KH, azaz egy állami intézmény, megtámadott egy független kutatóműhelyt egy tudományos publikációja miatt, mert jó hírnevének megsértéseként értelmezte a publikációban alkalmazott módszereket, és a publikációban megfogalmazott, az állami intézményt ért kritikus állításokat. Az ügyhöz hozzátartozik az a kontextus is, amelyben ez az read more
11 March 2019
Transparency and Integrity: The Online Presence of Hungarian Municipalities. Analysis of urban municipalities’ websites in Hungary – 2018
Results of a joint research program with Budapest Institute
The transparency of the operation of the local governments and the follow-up of their decision-making process by the citizens are very important to achieve good governance. It is vital that citizens should easily access the data concerning the decisions made by their local governments, the read more
17 September 2018
Istvan Janos Toth and Miklos Hajdu: Cronyism in Hungary. An empirical analysis of public tenders 2010-2016
In this paper, we use the public procurement database 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 research was supported by the Hungarian National Scientific Fund (OTKA, K116860). The focus of the analysis is public tenders (without framework agreements) won by companies related to read more
8 November 2018
The report deals with the results of 2018 CRCB’s survey which focused on the data publication practices of 118 public procurement authorities around the world based on an empirical analysis of their websites. We analyse two main questions: (i) how easily accessible the data of public tenders at contract level are in the analysed websites; (ii) which pieces of information in contract level are accessible in structured and downloaded format. The report describes and evaluates the data read more
10 October 2018
Missing Data, Intensity of Competition and Corruption Risks.
Analysis of Contract Award Notices of Hungarian Public Procurement Published from January 2005 to August 2018. Flash Report I/2018, CRCB, Budapest, October 2018.
Report in Hungarian (pdf)
Tables & Figures (pdf, xlsx)
Report in English (pdf)
List of 268,404 analysed contract award notices, with url, date, issuer’s name and filter variable read more
27 April 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 of 2011 made by the Hungarian government as regards the Hungarian energy (gas) market and its developments. Ultimately, this regulation was clearly favourable to a private company (the MET Hungary AG and its successor the METI AG) originally owned by the Hungarian oil, read more
23 March 2018
In this paper, we investigate the impact of Russia’s state-run propaganda apparatus on online media in Hungary using methods drawn from content analysis and distributive semantics. For the analysis, we downloaded articles published between 2010 and 2017 on nine Hungarian-language online portals (888.hu, hidfo.ru, index.hu, lokal.hu, magyaridok.hu, mindenegyben.com, mno.hu, origo.hu, and pestisracok.hu) and collected them in a database. We analysed 1 million articles and more than 278 million words in total. We used read more
11 October 2017
The research carried out by CRCB for the CMS is based on the analysis of 5,922 contracts of 4,483 public procurement issued by Grad Zagreb and Zagreb Holding between 2011 and 2016. During the data extraction, we could identify 1,197 winner companies on these tenders which are also the subject of the investigation.
The paper deals with the following questions: (i) What are the tendencies regarding the strength of competition and the corruption risks during the analysed time read more
1 October 2016
The paper explores how the international media dealt with refugee crisis in Hungary between March and September 2015. We selected all articles from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Mirror, The Telegraph, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung which contained the words “Hungary” or “Hungarian” or “migrant” or “migration”. Our sample contains 1,518 news articles. During the analysis we used the technics of quantitative and qualitative read more