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KTI Seminar
26/01/2017 - 2 pm
Kristof De Witte
Strategic Public Policy, Migration and Sorting around Population Thresholds
Abstract: We analyse whether, when and how local office-holders respond to the economic incentives embedded in exogenously imposed population thresholds leading to an increased number and/or remuneration of local office-holders. Using data from all 589 Belgian municipalities over the period 1977-2014, local politicians are found to influence population growth through policy measures aimed at stimulating net in-migration when approaching important population thresholds. We provide evidence that tax rate reductions and housing policy decisions (i.e., granting additional building permits early in the election cycle to maximise population growth just before the ‘deadline’ to surpass a population threshold) act as key mechanisms. These shifts in public policies are only observed when the incumbent mayor expects to benefit from crossing the
population threshold.
Transition in Agriculture – Agricultural Economics in Transition XIII. - 11-12 November, 2016 Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CERS IE-HAS), Budapest, Budaörsi út 45, room 804


The Hungarian Labour Market 2016Edited by Károly Fazekas and Zsuzsa Blaskó
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 2016.

Competition and Regulation 2015Editors: Pál Valentiny • Ferenc László Kiss • Krisztina Antal-Pomázi • Csongor István Nagy
Institute of Economics
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest • 2015

Other publications

Annual scientific activity reports


Event:American Economic Association meetingOrganiser:  American Economic Association
  3 January 2016
San Francisco, California
Gabor Békés: Shipment Frequency of Exporters and Demand Uncertainty: An Inventory Management Approach  
Event:The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) Achievements and challenges for Central and Eastern Europe and the emerging marketsOrganiser: Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Center for EU Enlargement StudiesCentral European University
Date: 26-27 November 2015
Place: Central European University, Budapest

Judit Karsai: Are CEE states successful as venture capitalists?Mária Csanádi: Chinese transformation: between varieties of capitalism and communism
Former presentations


 VOXEU (CEPR) ¦ 21 March 2014
Carlo Altomonte - Tommaso Aquilante - Gábor Békés - Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano:Internationalisation and innovation of firms: Give them one roof
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The Databank of the Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences was created with the aim to support empirical research, in particular studies using micro level data.



Miklos Koren, senior research fellow of our Institute has been elected to the EEA Council and will sit here for a term of five years, starting on January 1 2017.
Imre Fertő - research advisor and head of Agricultural economics and rural development research unit is the director of the Institute from 1st of July 2016.
The Horizon 2020 Twinning project EdEN (2016-2018) marks the start of an enhanced cooperation in the field of education economics between three top ranked economics of education research groups in EU-15 countries – KU Leuven, U Maastricht and Politecnico di Milano – and the CERSHAS. The proposed project focuses on three clusters of methodologies – program evaluation, structural modeling and efficiency analysis – and fosters cooperation between the institutions along more specific research lines within these clusters.
Balázs Lengyel, research fellow at the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences won the award of the Rosztoczy Foundation to conduct post-doctoral research work at the MIT Human Mobility and Networks Research Lab in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Marta Gonzalez.
News archive


Darvas Zsolt, Guntram B. Wolf: An anatomy of inclusive growth in Europe. (Bruegel Bluepint Series; 26.) Brussels: Bruegel, 2016. 97 p.
Halpern László: Economic consequences of Brexit strategy for Hungary. In: Charles Wyplosz (ed.): What to do with the UK?: EU perspectives on Brexit. London: Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), 2016. p. 61-67.
Sass Magdolna: Emerging CEE multinationals in the electronics industry. In: Piotr Trąpczyński, Łukasz Puślecki, Miroslaw Jarosinski (ed.): Competitiveness of CEE economies and businesses. Cham (Svájc): Springer International Publishing, 2016. p. 149-173.
Ágoston Kolos Csaba, Biró Péter, Iain McBride: Integer programming methods for special college admissions problems. Journal of Combinatorial Optimization Vol. 32. No. 4. 2016. p. 1371-1399.
Biró P., Fleiner T.: Fractional solutions for capacitated NTU-games, with applications to stable matchings. Discrete Optimization Vol. 22. Part A 2016. p. 241-254.
Biró P., Fleiner T., Irwing R. W.: Matching couples with Scarf’s algorithm. Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence Vol. 77. No. 3. 2016. p. 303-316.
Chikán Attila, Kovács Erzsébet, Matyusz Zsolt, Sass Magdolna, Vakhal Péter:
Long-term trends in inventory investment in traditional market and post-socialist economies. International Journal of Production Economics Vol. 181. Part A 2016. p. 14-23.
Eric Rugraff, Sass Magdolna:
How did the automotive component suppliers cope with the economic crisis in Hungary? Europe-Asia Studies Vol. 68. No. 8. 2016. p. 1396-1420.
Lőrincz László:
Interethnic dating preferences of Roma and non-Roma secondary school students. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol. 42. No. 13. 2016. p. 2244-2262.


Agreements of Academic Cooperation

» with CEU ECON to support joint activity in CEFIG
signed in September 2010
Agreement of CoopeartionCEU ECON websiteCEFIG website

» with the Institute of Economic Research of the Kyoto University signed in March 2010
Agreement of CooperationKIER website

» with the School of Economics and Business Administration of the Bejing Normal University signed in Dec 2009
Agreement of CooperationSEBA website
» with the Korean SNU KIEP EU Center signed in May 2009
Agreement of CooperationSNU KIEP EU Center's website
» with the Institute of Economics - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences signed in June 2007
Agreement of CooperationIE CASS website
in which parties mutually agreed to cooperate in joint researches, to exchange scientific knowledge and information, to host meetings and seminars, and encourage staff visitings.
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