Orsolya Lelkes
Orsolya Lelkes

Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe (MOPACT)
AIM-AP: Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies
European Observatory on the Social Situation
Social Situation Monitor
Study on Child Poverty
Measures for the Stimulation of the Labour Market for Elder Employees
Winners and losers of the crisis in Latvia
Vergleichende Analyse der Teilhabechancen in Europa - Social Inclusion in Europe
Active Ageing Index
I-CUE: Improving the Capacity and Usability of EUROMOD
BACID – Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia
PAWCER - Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia
Peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion
Integrated Case Management for Employment and Social Welfare Users in the Western Balkan economies

Tax and Benefit Policies in the Enlarged Europe: Assessing the Impact with Microsimulation Models
Housing Quality Deficiencies and the Link to Income in the EU
Income Poverty in the EU
Poverty and Social Exclusion of Migrants in the European Union
Income Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU
Happiness Across the Life Cycle: Exploring Age-Specific Preferences
Housing Problems and Access to Basic Local Services in the EU27.
Improvement during Crisis Years? Poverty and Housing Conditions across the EU, 2007 – 2012

External URL-Links
Research findings of the Social Situation Observatory
European Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, Paris, 2012 (invited speaker)
Gallup\'s European Wellbeing Summit, Brussels, 2010 (invited speaker)
Economic Growth for Better Quality of Life in Europe, Brussels, 2010 (invited speaker)
2010 International Conference on Comparative EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (speaker)
2008 International Conference: Tax-benefit Microsimulation in the Enlarged Europe (organizer, speaker)
Annual conference of the Hungarian Society of Economists, Budapest, 2013 (keynote speaker)

Senior Researcher

Previous position
Head of the Economic Research Unit at the Ministry of Finance, Hungary

PhD in Social Policy: London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom
Masters in Economics: Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Hungary.

Hungarian (mother tongue), English, German.

Contact details
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, A-1090 Wien
Tel: +43-1-319 45 05-49
Fax: +43-1-319 45 05-19
Email: Lelkes

Research interests
Welfare, income distribution, poverty, economics of happiness, social interactions

Selected publications
  • "Minimising Misery: A New Strategy for Public Policies Instead of Maximising Happiness?" (2013). Social Indicators Research. 114 (1):121-137. Working paper version.
  • “The Loneliness of the Unemployed: Social and Political Participation in Germany in a European Context” (2013). Social Indicators Information Service (ISI), No. 50. August 2013: 7-11. download pdf
  • "Social participation statistics". (2010). Statistics Explained. Eurostat. more
  • “Social participation and social isolation”. (2010). In: A. B. Atkinson and E. Marlier (eds.). Income and living conditions in Europe. Eurostat Statistical books: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union: 217-240. download pdf
  • “European Inequalities. Social Inclusion and Income Distribution in the European Union”. (co-editor, with István György Tóth, Terry Ward and Holly Sutherland). (2009). Tárki: Budapest. download from external link
  • “Tax and Benefit Policies in the Enlarged Europe. Assessing the Impact with Microsimulation Models” (co-editor, with Holly Sutherland). (2009). Ashgate: Aldershot.
  • "Happiness across the Life-Cycle. Exploring Age-specific Preferences". (2007). In: B. Marin and A. Zaidi (eds.), Mainstreaming Ageing. Indicators to Monitor Sustainable Policies, European Centre Vienna. Ashgate: 359-391. download a shorter, Policy Brief version pdf
  • "Tasting freedom: Happiness, religion and economic transition?" (2006). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 59: 173-194 download Working Paper version in pdf
  • "Knowing what is good for you Empirical analysis of personal preferences and the `objective good´". (2006). Journal of Socio-Economics, Special issue on the Socio-Economics of Happiness, 35 (2): 285-307 download Working Paper version in pdf