New CASE Belarus background paper (in Russian, download pdf) describes the phenomenon of agglomeration shadow in ‘old’ industrialized as well as rapidly industrializing countries. The term ‘agglomeration shadow’ or ‘poverty belt’ is used to describe underdeveloped areas emerging around big economic and administrative centres. The background paper gives the explanations of this phenomenon and provides several solutions to the poverty belt problem.
CASE Belarus is policy oriented non-profit, a part of CASE (Poland), which has been acknowledged the best think tank in the CEE in 2012, 2013, and 2017 by Global Go-ToThink Tank Ranking. We share CASE’s core idea that evidence-based policy making is vital to the economic welfare of societies.