Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Open Lecture ”Spatial wage inequality in Belarus” by Aleh Mazol

Author: Aleh Mazol, BEROC

Topic: Spatial wage inequality in Belarus

Date and time: Monday, October 24, 16:00 - 17:00

Place: IPM Business School, pr. Gazety Pravda 11B, basement floor

Language: English
The empirical results from study of the wage inequality in Belarus' districts (from 2000 till 2015) show: first, that wage disparities across the districts decreased in the 2000-2012 period and then increased from 2013 to 2015; second, there is the spatial dependency in district wages and increasing separation between districts, and between rural and urban population in Belarus; third, the main economic factors that contribute to decrease in district wage inequality are industrial development, retail trade and agricultural development. Finally, from theoretical point of view the research rejects the inverted U-shaped relationship between spatial inequality and economic development for Belarus and supports the hypothesis made by French economist Thomas Piketty that slow growth rates lead to rising inequality.