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IE HAS Seminars
23 February 2 pm - Budapest XI., Budaörsi út 45. VIII/807 conference room
Joris Ghysels /TIER, Maastricht University, the Netherlands /
The effect of summer schools on grade retention in Dutch secondary education:
A regression discontinuity approach

This paper evaluates the effectiveness of summer schools as an instrument to reduce grade retention in Dutch secondary education. A summer school is an intensive remedial teaching intervention during regular holiday periods intended to avert grade retention. They are built on the literature suggesting high social and individual costs of grade retention and they focus on students with only few learning problems for whom a short, intensive intervention is assumed to be helpful. A summer school lasts between one and two weeks and focuses at one to three subjects.
We use school rules regarding grade retention as assignment variables in a fuzzy regression discontinuity design on a large dataset of students (N= 30,174 with 1,855 participants of summer schools). We evaluate whether participation in the summer school effectively reduces a students’ likelihood of repeating a grade and whether they obtain adequate marks in the following schoolyear. We find evidence that summer schools reduce grade retention, but we find no effects on later marks. These findings cast doubt on the longer term effectiveness of this policy intervention in its current form. 
Economics with policy - international seminar series
9 March 2017 - 2 pm - Budapest XI., Budaörsi út 45. VIII/807 conference room
Bogdan J. Góralczyk /Director of the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw/
Europe in China's New Strategy

China under current leadership of ever-stronger, charismatic leadership of President Xi Jinping has abrogated former formula and strategy of low profile, dictated by the visionary of reform, Deng Xiaoping, and known as "Constitution of 28 Chinese characters", usually identified with famous motto: taoguang yanghui (conceal your capabilities and avoid the limelight). Instead, under the current Fifth Generation of Leadership of the Chinese Communist Party we have much more assertive and active political course and imaginative strategy of the Middle Kingdom, as the People's Republic of China is more and more frequently returning to the rich tradition and civilization of China, starting from ancient times.
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


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
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Annual scientific activity reports


 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.
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Fazekas Mihály, Tóth István János: Corruption in EU Funds? Europe-wide evidence of the corruption effect of EU-funded public contractingIn: John Bachtler, Peter Berkowitz, Sally Hardy, Tatjana Muravska (eds.): EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing Performance and Direction. London; New York: Routledge, 2017. p. 186-205.

Benedek Zsófia
, Balázs Bálint: Current status and future prospect of local food production in Hungary: A spatial analysis. European Planning Studies Vol. 24. No. 3. 2016. p. 607-624.

Fertő Imre, Aldona Stalgienė: Effects of agricultural subsidies on income risk in Lithuanian dairy farms. Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure DevelopmentVol. 38. No. 4. 2016. p. 351-358.

Fertő Imre, Podruzsik Szilárd, Balogh Jeremiás: Intra-industry trade in the wine sector in the enlarged European Union. Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies Vol. 97. No. 3. 2016. p. 159-172.

Havas Attila
, K. Matthias Weber: The ‘fit’ between forward-looking activities and the innovation policy governance sub-system: A framework to explore potential impacts. Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol. 115. 2017. p. 327-337.

Lackó Mária: Disparities in mortality rates of working-age population in Eastern, Central and Western Europe: a comparative quantitative analysis. DanubeLaw and Economics Review Vol. 7. No. 4. 2016. p. 193-213.

Muraközy Balázs, Telegdy Álmos: Political incentives and state, subsidy allocation: evidence from Hungarian municipalities. European Economic Review Vol. 89. 2016. p. 324-344.


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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