Issues to be addressed:

  • Limits and opportunities of online samples
  • Internal validity and external validity of those samples
  • Statistical analysis of data from online experiments 

Participants: Barna Ildikó, Gulyás Attila, Hajdu Gábor, Janky Béla, Kisfalusi Dorottya, Kmetty Zoltán, Koltai Júlia, Németh Renáta, Simonovits Bori, Stefkovics Ádám

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Questions to be addressed:

  • Can universal moral values be identified?
  • Attitudes towards social policy: Is there a role for universal moral values?

Core participants: Gulyás Attila, Janky Béla, Lakatos Zoltán, Szabari Vera, Szakadát István 


First meeting, 30 September 2016 

On the research proposal

Presenter: Tardos Róbert

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The research aims to investigate certain determinants of opinions about welfare provision. We focus on revealed attitudes measured in questionnaire surveys. We suggest that one should not explain opinions only by referring to self-interest and some minor idiosyncratic factors. We suppose that certain moral considerations also play a role in shaping attitudes. Furthermore, we suppose that revealed attitudes also are shaped by public discourse and survey design which frame the moral dilemmas respondents face.
Our aim is to understand the effects of moral principles, public discourse and questionnaire design on judging deservingess of welfare beneficiaries. We are particularly interested in the interactions between those effects. The major contributions of the project are related to the investigations of those interactions.We intend to carry out survey-experiments in which the presentations of certain welfare issues vary across randomly selected sub-groups of respondents. This makes the testing of causal effects of issue-framing possible. However, theoretical discussions, including constructive critiques of our empirical strategies are important parts of our project. The research program adresses methodological and social policy questions at the same time. We would like to show that the dilemmas of
survey-methodology and discourse on social policy are closely intertwined in this field of research.


Research proposal





Working papers

Janky Béla (2017), Labeling asylum-seekers: The power of words or the power of the world over words?

Janky Béla (2016), News reports on asylum-seekers and public opinion in Hungary: Findings from a media effect study.

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