The Eurasian customs union and the economic geography of Belarus: A panel convergence approach
Pui Hang Wong and
Tatjana Guznajeva ()
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No 2018-029, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)
This study presents novel research on the economic geography of Belarus. The 118 regions of Belarus are examined in relation to the Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) through the period 2005-2014. Spatial clusters and outliers are identified and compared across the periods prior and after the establishment of the EACU. We observe that EACU membership corresponds to a slowdown in the process of regional economic convergence in Belarus, and intensified economic competition with a geographical dimension among regions. We also observe that urban regions have benefited more from the EACU than less urbanised areas.
Keywords: Eurasian Customs Union; Belarus; convergence; spatial analysis; economic integration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F55 O47 R11 R12 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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