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



New Drivers of Growth? Sectoral Contributions to the Irish Economy
July 25, 2006 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Eoin O'Malley, Yvonne McCarthy
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Spatial Patterns of Entrepreneurship and Investment
July 21, 2006 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Peter Nijkamp, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Entrepreneurship, Investment and Spatial Dynamics: Lessons and Implications for an Enlarged EU
July 21, 2006

Editors: P Nijkamp , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Economic Integration and Manufacturing Concentration Patterns: Evidence from MERCOSUR
July 20, 2006 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Exchange Rates and Climate Change: An Application of FUND
May 31, 2006 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment | Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Competitiveness and Growth in Europe: An Overview
March 1, 2006 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: S Mundschenk, M Stierle , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Extended Europe: Patterns of Agglomeration, Migration and Economic Differentials
March 1, 2006 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: P Nijkamp, Iulia Siedschlag , S Yousf
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography


Competitiveness and Growth in Europe: Lessons and Policy Implications for the Lisbon Strategy
March 1, 2006

Authors: S Mundschenk, M Stierle , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis, Spring Report 2006
March 1, 2006 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Is Sectoral Diversification a Solution to Unemployment?: Evidence from EU Regions
November 30, 2005 | Journal Article

Authors: Simonetta Longhi, Peter Nijkamp , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics


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