Judging by the variations in the levels of regional GDP and disposable income, Poland is one of most unequal countries in the EU today. The patterns of income inequality coincide with those of other social and demographic indicators, such as urbanization and infrastructure density, but also voting behavior, social cohesion and educational attainments. These in turn closely reflect former political borders: the 19th
century borders between the Austro–Hungarian, German and Russian empires, and the 20th
century borders between the 2nd Republic of Poland and Germany. This seminar looks at how the very different paths of economic growth and development of Poland’s regions was influenced by the historical partitions and (re-)unificiation of the Polish lands.
Piotr Koryś is Adjunct Professor of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. Currently he is a Bronislaw Geremek Visiting Fellow at the IWM.