Konstantin Gluschenko


Spatial Inequality

Summary of the course


This course familiarizes with modern methodologies of empirically analyzing inequality (first of all, income inequality) across spatial units (countries, regions within a country, cities, etc.). It comprises of two parts. The first part deals with analytical tools grouped into three approaches: cross-sectional analysis, time series analysis, and distribution dynamics analysis. This part also considers measuring inequality, implications of the economic growth theory regarding evolution of income inequality, and discusses areas of applicability of specific methods and issues of spatial comparability of data to be analyzed. The second part considers practical application of analytical tools expounded in the first part by the example of modern scholarly publications (by both domestic and foreign economists) studying income inequality among Russian regions.  



The main tutorial for this course is K. Gluschenko. Methodologies of analyzing inter-regional income inequality and their applications to Russia. William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 984, 2010;
downloadable from: http://ideas.repec.org/p/wdi/papers/2010-984.html

 A part of this tutorial (Section 2 and about a half of Section 3.1) should be replaced/supplemented with K. Gluschenko. Myths about beta-convergence. William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 1040, 2012;
dowloadable from: http://ideas.repec.org/p/wdi/papers/2012-1040.html

Additional readings will be distributed during the progress of the course.


Final test

The course ends with an end-of-term test [дифференцированный зачёт]. To pass it, a student should write a two-three page essay that contains a critical review of a paper regarding income inequality among spatial units – preferably, Russian regions. (Papers already discussed in the above-mentioned tutorial are inadmissible!) The paper to be analyzed may be a journal article or working paper in English or in Russian (while the essay must be in English anyway). The grade will depend on the quality of the essay.  

1. Measuring Inequality
2. The Economic Growth Theory and Income Convergence
3. Cross-Section Approach. 3.1. Beta-Convergence
                                             3.2. Spatial Econometrics
4. Time Series Approach
5. Distribution Dynamics Approach

The list below contains links to papers cited in Section 4 of the Tutorial ("Methodologies of analyzing..."):
Papers based on cross-section approach
Mikheeva (1999)
Mikheeva (2000)
Carluer and Sharipova (2004)
Solanko (2006)
Solanko (2008) Note: There is a mistake in the Tutorial, p. 31: read Solanko (2003, 2006) as Solanko (2006, 2008)!
Ledyaeva and Linden (2008)
Melnikov (2005)
Melnikov (2007)
Melnikov (2008)
Lugovoy et al. (1999)
Kholodilin, Oshchepkov, and Siliverstovs (2009)
Buccellato (2007)
Berkowitz and DeJong (2002)
Berkowitz and DeJong (2003)
Berkowitz and DeJong (2005)
Berkowitz and DeJong (2010) (a working paper version).
Berkowitz and Jackson (2006)
Ahrend (2005)
Mitsek and Mitsek (2009)
Papers based on time series approach
Babetski and Maurel (2002)
Kwon and Spilimbergo (2005)
Papers based on distribution dynamics approach
Bradshaw and Vartapetov (2003)
Galbraith, Krytynskaia, and Wang (2004)
Fedorov (2002)
Balatskii and Saakyants (2006)
Dolinskaya (2002)
Carluer (2005)
Yemtsov (2005)
Hertzfeld (2008)