Lay explanation of poverty during the pandemic in Hungary

Proceedings of The ‏International Conference on New Trends in Management, Business, and Economics

Year: 2021


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Lay explanation of poverty during the pandemic in Hungary

Eszter Siposné Nándori



The paper analyzes perceived causes of poverty in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary, one of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Data collection was carried out in the second half of 2020 using consensus theory and the methods of systematic data collection. The aim of the research is to discover whether support for explanations which blame structural conditions is dominant in the public perception of poverty during the pandemic. From the research discussed it is clear that structural conditions are not dominant and that the poor are often seen as being themselves responsible for their unfavorable situation. The COVID-19 pandemic is not associated with an increased support for the social type of lay explanations.

Keywords: attributions for poverty, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, COVID-19, individual, structural.