"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

Research

THE QUALITY OF HUNGARIAN LEGISTLATION 1990-2012


Laws and legislation fundamentally determine equally the life of a nation’s citizens, profit-oriented companies and civil organizations, so the quality of this process has beyond doubt a great importance. But how can we define and measure the goodness of legislation? Law-making has to fulfill two essential requirements. It has to react to changes, and to follow the social, economic, demographic etc. trends. Apart from all these, legistlation has to provide a predictable, calculable environment read more

MEDIA STRUCTURE, CORRUPTION & POLITICAL INFLUENCE


The research program examines the relationship among media structure, corruption and political influence based on Hungarian data. We analyze the structure of advertising expenditure of Hungarian state institutions and state-owned companies from 2000 to 2012 and try to detect political influences. Our goal is to examine how strong influence the governments had on the media through advertising and in what direction.  The research will demonstrate the media’s dependence on the degree of read more

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT & GRAND CORRUPTION

This research project collects contract level public procurement data from publicly available official sources in Hungary and a number of other EU countries such as Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and links the procurement data to further administrative databases such as company financial records. We have been working on Hungarian Public Procurement Database (MaKAB) since 2010 and database for other countries since 2012. The goal is to comprehensively map public sectors’ corruption risks and read more