Eszter Timar MSc

Researcher

Research group(s):
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development

Eszter works as a researcher in the research group Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Human Development from UNU-MERIT/MGSoG, with a specialization in Social Protection Policy, and a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She joined UNU-MERIT/MGSoG in 2016, after having worked for several years in social services for children in the Hungarian public and non-profit sector. Eszter has since been involved in  several international consultancy projects, such as 'Assessment of and policy dialogue on targeting approaches and mechanisms (inclusion and exclusion errors) in existing social assistance schemes' and 'Technical assistance to conduct a study on improving the effectiveness and coverage of social assistance for children with focus on consolidation policy' for UNICEF Vietnam, 'Scoping Study on Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in the Central Asia Region' for the World Food Programme, 'Linking social protection in Kenya to improved productivity' for UNICEF, WFP and the Ministry of Social Protection in Kenya, and 'A Rapid Assessment of Social Protection Systems in Yemen' for UNICEF Yemen. Her research interests include the role of social work in social protection systems, child protection and social services, with a particular interest in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. 




Selected publications by Eszter Timar


Research reports
Gassmann, Franziska, Hannah Röth & Eszter Timar, 2017, Scoping Study on Social Protection and Food Security: Country Report Tajikistan, Report commissioned by WFP Cairo
Gassmann, Franziska, Michaella Vanore, T Pham Minh, T Tran Nhu & Eszter Timar, 2017, Assessment of and policy dialogue on targeting approaches and mechanisms (inclusion and exclusion errors) in existing social assistance schemes, Report commissioned by UNICEF Vietnam
Vanore, Michaella, Franziska Gassmann, T Tran Nhu, T Pham Minh, Nga Le & Eszter Timar, 2017, Study on Improving the Effectiveness and Coverage of Social Assistance for Children with Focus on Consolidation Policy (Family/Child Benefit Package), Report commissioned by UNICEF Vietnam
Gassmann, Franziska & Eszter Timar, 2017, Scoping Study on Social Protection and Food Security: Regional Synthesis Report, Report commissioned by WFP Cairo
Gassmann, Franziska & Eszter Timar, 2017, Scoping Study on Social Protection and Food Security: Country Report Kyrgyz Republic, Report commissioned by WFP Cairo
Gassmann, Franziska, Hanna Röth & Eszter Timar, 2017, Scoping Study on Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in the Central Asia Region: Country Report Tajikistan, Report commissioned by WFP Cairo
Gassmann, Franziska, S Karapetyan, H Manasyan, Hanna Röth, Eszter Timar & A Udumyan, 2017, Scoping Study on Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in the Central Asia Region: Country Report Armenia, Report commissioned by WFP Cairo


Theses
Timar, Eszter, 2016, Redistribution Effects of Hungarian Family Transfers - A Microsimulation Analysis, Since the 2010 election victory of Hungarian conservative party FIDESZ, social protection has undergone fundamental changes. A much debated element of these reforms was the elimination of means-tested family cash transfers, and the introduction of family tax allowance as a key instrument of redistribution to households with children. Hungary has the second highest rate of children living in severe material deprivation in the European Union, even though it is an average spender on child benefits. This report aims to analyze the redistribution effects of the current system of family transfers, driven by the hypothesis that it does little to tackle child poverty and inequality, and that its Family Tax Allowance component causes it to be regressive. The results of this paper support this hypothesis. Furthermore, it is found that with a budget-neutral policy reform, the poverty and inequality reduction impact of family transfers can be substantially increased


Briefs
Gassmann, Franziska & Eszter Timar, 2018, The Importance of Social Protection for Children in the Balkans, This policy brief investigates the costs of child poverty in the Balkans, including deprivation in terms of education, health, and social mobility. It then lays out the potential of social protection, most notably in terms of building resilence and fostering development, 8, More information


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