Internationalisation and Competitiveness

Sustainable economic growth in Ireland depends to a large extent on the competitiveness of its economy. High rates of productivity and innovation intensity are key to achieving and maintaining competitiveness, particularly in the context of increased global interdependencies. Researchers in this area produce empirical evidence to inform national and European policies that address such challenges and sustain vibrant economies, both in Ireland and other European countries.

Research focuses on three broad themes: (i) international macroeconomics; (ii) international trade and investment; and (iii) international diffusion of R&D, new technologies and innovation. A key feature of research in this area is the integration of micro-, mezzo- and macroeconomic developments by linking enterprise behaviour and performance with outcomes at an industry, regional and macroeconomic level.

Recently, researchers have investigated a range of policy relevant issues, including the potential economic implications of Brexit, factors influencing the engagement of firms in European and global value chains, and the impact of corporate taxation on foreign direct investment in Ireland and other European countries.


Main Publications in Internationalisation and Competitiveness Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Do foreign mergers and acquisitions boost firm productivity?
September 20, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Marc Schiffbauer, Iulia Siedschlag , Frances Ruane
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Availability and pricing new medicines in Ireland: reflections and reform
July 5, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Potential impact of WTO tariffs on cross-border trade
June 9, 2017

Authors: Martina Lawless, Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Competition and vested interests in taxis in Ireland: A tale of two statutory instruments
June 7, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Front cover of Industrial and Corporate Change Employment protection and industry innovation
May 10, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Gavin Murphy, Iulia Siedschlag , John McQuinn
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Investment in knowledge-based capital and its impact on productivity
May 5, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Martina Lawless , Mattia Di Ubaldo
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Investment in knowledge-based capital and its contribution to productivity growth: a review of international and Irish evidence
May 5, 2017

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Martina Lawless , Mattia Di Ubaldo
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Expanding and diversifying the manufactured exports of Irish-owned enterprises
April 4, 2017

Authors: Martina Lawless, Iulia Siedschlag , Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Irish enterprise exporting patterns in goods and services
April 4, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Martina Lawless, Iulia Siedschlag , Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Front cover of Report The Evolving Composition of Intra-EU Trade
November 24, 2016 |

Authors: Robert Stehrer, Sandra Leitner , Manual Macias , Daniel Mirza , olga Pindyuk , Iulia Siedschlag ...
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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