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



Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis, Autumn Report 2007
September 28, 2007 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: John FitzGerald, Alan Barrett , Adele Bergin , CPB , OFCE
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Irish Manufacturing Export Dynamics: Evidence of Exporter Heterogeneity in Boom and Slump Periods
September 26, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances Ruane
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Macroeconomic Convergence in the New EU Member States
July 24, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Assessing the Impact of Marketing Assistance on the Export Performance of Northern Ireland SMEs
July 4, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Karen Bonner, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Impact of European Integration and Enlargement on Regional Structural Change and Cohesion
June 27, 2007 |

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Laura Resmini , Edgar Morgenroth , George Petrakos
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Why the New EU Member States should Adopt the Euro as Soon as Possible
June 6, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Macroeconomic Adjustment in Ireland under the EMU
March 30, 2007 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis, Spring 2007
March 30, 2007 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Alan Barrett, Adele Bergin , John FitzGerald , CPB , OFCE
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


The distribution of Productivity in Irish Manufacturing, 1995-2003
March 21, 2007 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Trends in the Regional Economic Activity of Ireland: The Role of Productivity
March 21, 2007 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


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