Note: Links to publications launched at this conference are available at the end of this article.
The ESRI will host a conference today (4 April 2017) to launch the findings of a research programme on “Enterprise Exporting, Innovation and Productivity” undertaken in cooperation with Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Research findings from the programme highlights that diversifying export products and markets plays a major role in driving growth for domestic firms and that investing in knowledge-based capital can help firms increase productivity performance.
Dr. Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation welcomed the launch of the reports today:
“The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has a strong track record in evidenced-based policy development and, through the Civil Service Renewal Programme, is committed to more open approaches to policy making. I therefore welcome our cooperation with the ESRI on research that will contribute to policy development in areas of long-term strategic importance to the Department and its agencies.”
The CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, also welcomed the publication of the reports today:“Enterprise Ireland welcomes the publication of this research today. The research reflects Enterprise Ireland’s experience that the number of Irish-owned firms exporting to international markets has grown over recent years, with our client exports totalling €20.6bn in 2015. The output of this exercise has already helped inform the development of our organisational strategy for the period 2017-2020: Building Scale: Expanding Reach and will no doubt continue to inform our approach to supporting our clients to innovate, win international sales and create jobs across all the regions of Ireland.”
As part of a major research programme carried out over two years with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, researchers at the ESRI have examined extremely detailed information from the CSO on firm exporting activity and investment patterns, particularly focusing on intangible or knowledge-based capital at the firm level.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.