"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

The Institute

The Corruption Research Center Budapest was created in November 2013 in response to the growing need for independent research on corruption and quality of government in Hungary. Hence, the Center was established as a non-partisan research institute independent of governments, political parties or special interest groups. It is initially financed by the founders, but also from private donations and EU and government research funds.

The aims of the Center are to systematically explore the causes, characteristics, and consequences of low quality of government, corruption, and regulatory failure using an inter-disciplinary approach. In addition, the Center also aims to help citizens to hold governments accountable through the use of robust evidence. Our unique research approach combines qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse micro-level actor behaviour and it generates novel hard data on the phenomena under scrutiny. Making research findings accessible for the wider public and developing effective policy solutions is integral to our work. The founders believe that it is only through understanding and precisely measuring government activities we can build good government.




Réka Blazsek, research assistant

Miklós Hajdu, economist

Sándor Kollár, research assistant

Markson Samuel, physicist

Balázs Molnár, sociologist

Anna Nyári, sociologist

Júlia Orbán, administrative assistant

Eszter Purczeld, research assistant

Klára Ungár, economist


Advisors & Experts

Katalin Andor, economist

Katalin Goldstein, language consultant

Jenő Gyenese, software engineer

Magda József,  lawyer

Zoltán Kelemen, lawyer

Tibor Kiss, pr consultant

Attila Székely, public procurement specialist


Hardware / Software Support

3Gteam ltd.



István János Tóth, PhD