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The economics of education research group of the Institute of Economics within the Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was established in 2008. The main focus of the group is on empirical analysis of educational issues using micro-econometric methods. Besides academic publications, the researchers are actively involved in supporting educational policy in Hungary. Our main research interests are the situation and failure of disadvantaged students, school-to-work transition, teacher labour markets, school accountability, causes and consequences of disparities in school finance and decentralisation, the effects of educational institutions like early tracking, segregation and school choice, school competition, or financing higher education.
Our work is primarily based on rich student- and school level data sets available in Hungary, like the National Assessment of Basic Competencies, the Hungarian Life Course Survey, KIRSTAT database on schools and finally KIFIR and FELVI databases on upper-secondary school and higher education applications. At the same time, we also have work experience with large-scale individual-level international datasets (PISA, TIMSS, TALIS). The group has also conduced an overarching analysis of the Hungarian education system (Evaluation of the Hungarian public education system, see the results in Hungarian) between 2008 and 2011.