– Klára Dobrev, the shadow Prime Minister of the Democratic Coalition, tried to support her opinion with false graphs during her nationwide campaign tour, which she started a few weeks ago – Piroska Szalai, a staff member of the National Public Service University’s (NKE) Economy and Competitiveness Research Institute, told our newspaper.
According to the labor market expert, it is this type of skewing of data it can be very dangerous, because more and more people are beginning to doubt statistics and data science, even though we can get indispensable information with these scientific methods. The expert indicated that, according to the DK, the Hungarian average salary is the second lowest in Europe, and only Bulgaria is behind us, but on the other hand, according to the latest Eurostat data, the purchase value of the average gross salary in Hungary is higher than that of eight other member states.
− DK shows data from the year before last year, the source of which is unknown. The latest data, the source of which is the Eurostat database, are not in euros, but for the sake of greater comparability, we show the data from the member states at purchase value
– pointed out Piroska Szalai.
As she said, Klára Dobrev also claims that the minimum wage is the second lowest in the EU, on the other hand, six member states had lower minimum wages in January than ours, if we look at purchasing power parity, and here we are also catching up with the richer countries. The expert emphasized that the DK also formulated untruths regarding pensions, as in their calculations they do not calculate the annual average pension, they do not take into account the mid-year increases, the pension premium and the 13th monthly pension, which from 2022 already means an extra month’s full pension .
At the same time, not only in the case of the pension, but also of the family support system, the Democratic Coalition takes into account only a small part of the available elements, they only focus on the family allowance.
– They do not deal with the majority of monetary benefits, tax benefits, subsidized loans, savings – such as the baby bond, the baby loan or social security -, support for family investments and countless other supports – said the labor market expert. He added: the amount mentioned by DK is not even a quarter of what the government is counting on, and only half of the data recorded by Eurostat.
In relation to inflation, what the DK says is not correct either, that it can only be stopped in Hungary by the introduction of the euro, after Piroska Szalai stated that last year, the consumer price increase in all three Baltic countries was higher than Hungarian inflation on average, despite the fact that all three countries use the euro for years now.
– The introduction of the euro does not reduce inflation
– he emphasized.
The employee of NKE also spoke about the fact that last year, on average, Hungary had the only increase in real earnings in the EU, until September of last year the monthly inflation was lower than the increase in earnings, and this year from the second half of the year – when inflation was again 15- It will fall below 17 percent – we can produce an increase in real earnings again. – Last year, real wages fell in all countries that pay with the euro, which is contrary to DK’s statement, it directly refutes it – he noted.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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