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Developing Poverty Measures: Research in Europe

A series of Conferences sponsored by the Economic and Social Research 
Council in the UK and the Soros Foundation in Budapest

The aim of this series of Conferences is to review the best European 
research into poverty and seek scientific consensus on measures of 
"absolute" and "overall" poverty suggested in the programme of action 
agreed by 117 countries at the 1995 World Summit on Social Development.

Agenda of the Second Conference in Budapest on 21 and 22 May 1999

"Monitoring Poverty and the Influence of Past and Current 
Government Policies"

Organisers: The Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, 
University of Bristol; The Alliance of Social Professionals, Hungary 
and the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Eotvos University, 
Budapest.


Friday May 21 9.30-13.00 City Hall, Budapest for welcome by the Mayor 
of Budapest Speakers
Zsuzsa Ferge, Professor of Social Policy, Eotvos University 
(confirmed) Maria Lourdes Pintasilgo, former Prime Minister Portugal 
(invited) John Micklewright International Institute, Florence (invited)
Alfredo Bruto da Costa, Catholic University of Portugal 
(confirmed) Nicholas Deacon, Visiting Professor of Social Policy, 
Budapest and Birmingham (confirmed) Peter Townsend, Professor of Social 
Policy, LSE (and Bristol) (confirmed)

14.30-17.00 Eotvos University, Budapest
Round Table on Measuring the Effects of Public Policies on Trends in 
Poverty with special reference to Eastern Europe (Chair: David Gordon, 
University of Bristol) Branko Milanovic, World Bank (confirmed)
Jean Paul Tricart, Permanent Adviser to Deputy Director DGV EC 
(invited) Istvan Toth Gyorgy Hungary (confirmed)
J. Szalai, Hungary (confirmed) Michael Forster, OECD (confirmed)
Alfredo Bruto da Costa, Catholic University of Portugal (confirmed)

19.00 Dinner - Courtesy of the Soros Foundation

Saturday May 22 9.30 onwards at Eotvos University, Budapest

Targeting welfare: Means-tested versus Universal Benefits
Wim Oorschot, Netherlands (confirmed)

Poverty: The Copenhagen Contribution to Measurement and to Establishing 
the Causes - Responses in Eastern Europe

Kati Tausz, Professor of Social Policy, Eotvos University (confirmed) 
Natalia Rimashevskaya, Russian Academy of Sciences (invited) Jolanta 
Supinska, Poland (confirmed) Zuzana Kusa, Slovakia (confirmed) 


Developing Poverty Measures: Research in Europe


Second Conference in Budapest on 21 and 22 May 1999


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The cost of this Conference is #50 for participants from Western Europe 
and HUF 7500 for participants form Eastern Europe.  The cost includes 
coffee, teas and lunches.


Please send this booking form and your cheque (made payable to 
"University of Bristol") to:


Clare Biddlecombe
School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ
United Kingdom

Telephone: (+44) (0)117 954 6765


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(+44) (0)117 954 6756

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Student accommodation is available through Robert Kis, the Secretary of 
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Poverty Measures: Research in Europe


A series of Conferences sponsored by the Economic and Social Research 
Council in the UK and the Soros Foundation in Budapest


The general aim of this series of six conferences is to draw together 
the huge volume of scientific work into poverty around Europe and to 
give greater public authority to the best findings and the most 
reliable methodologies of that research.  This can be done effectively 
only in the context of the work going on in all countries and with 
continuing reference to international developments.  For this reason, 
the international agencies, including the United Nations, have been 
invited to play a part in the programme.

A series of books and other reports are planned and will be published 
as the programme is completed between October 1998 and September 2000.


In Budapest the intention is to focus on:

(1) new country by country and cross-national developments in the 
definition and measurement of poverty, including new work on social 
exclusion, with any conclusions that can be drawn;
 
(2) the identification of the major recent European policies which, 
according to specific measures, have increased or decreased poverty and 
what particular policies can therefore be calculated to alleviate 
poverty in the future; and  (3) how the analysis in (1) and (2) above 
applies to the different countries of Eastern Europe and the former 
Soviet Union (often described as the "transitional" economies).



Developments in Eastern Europe

There are two distinctive features of the Budapest conference.  One is 
to give a high profile to developments in measuring poverty in Eastern 
Europe.  The second is to establish, from scientific work, a better 
understanding of the ways in which specific public policies increase or 
decrease the extent of poverty.


FUTURE CONFERENCES IN THIS SERIES

1 and 2 July 1999 in Bristol on Defining and Measuring Poverty.  This 
Conference will also mark the launch of the Townsend Centre for 
International Poverty Research.  This is a multi-disciplinary research 
centre which has been established by the University of Bristol in 
response to the United Nations first International Decade for the 
Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) and also in recognition of the work 
of Professor Peter Townsend.

5 and 6 October 1999 in Dartington on Poverty and Inequalities in 
Health.  This conference will examine the evidence for the widening gap 
in inequalities in health in Europe and look at the implications of the 
recent report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities and Health, 
under the chairmanship of Sir Donald Acheson, for health research and 
policy in Europe.  Dartington Hall is located near the Devon town of 
Totnes.


For further information about these conferences, please contact David 
Gordon by

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Alternatively, you can write to:

The Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ

Tel: +44 (0)117 954 6761
Fax: +44 (0)117 954 6756


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Dave Gordon
Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TZ, UK

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Tel: (44)-(117)-954 6761
Fax: (44)-(117)-954 6756 



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