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The Eurasian customs union and the economic geography of Belarus: A panel convergence approach

Mehmet Celbis (), Pui Hang Wong and Tatjana Guznajeva ()
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Tatjana Guznajeva: Technopolis Group

No 29, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: 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)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-geo and nep-ure
Date: 2018-07-03
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