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.
Key words: Eurasian Customs Union, Belarus, convergence, spatial analysis, economic integration.
JEL Classifications: F15, F55, O47, R11, R12, R58