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



front cover of JA201815 Determinants of R&D offshoring: firm-level evidence from a small open economy
March 3, 2018 | Journal Article

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


front cover of BKMNEXT353 Comparative performance of indigenous and multinational firms operating in Ireland
March 1, 2018

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Mattia Di Ubaldo , Manuel Tong Koecklin
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Internationalisation, innovation and productivity in services: evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom
February 28, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Bettina Peters, Rebecca Riley , Iulia Siedschlag , Priit Vahter , John McQuinn
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


front cover of BKMNEXT349 Drivers and obstacles to competitiveness in the EU: The role of value chains and the Single Market
January 8, 2018

Authors: WIFO, Iulia Siedschlag , Mattia Di Ubaldo , Zuzanna Studnicka , WIIW
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Book chapter PDF Innovation in firms and labour market outcomes
October 9, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Pelin Sekerler Richiardi, Ira Postolachi , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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


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

Authors: Martina Lawless, Zuzanna Studnicka
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


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