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 Integration and Manufacturing Location in EU Accession Countries
October 9, 2005 | Journal Article

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


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis, Autumn Report 2005
October 6, 2005 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Survey of Business Links on the Island of Ireland
August 19, 2005

Authors: James Williams, Eoin O'Malley , Sylvia Blackwell , Shirley Gorby
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Roles of Interaction and Proximity for Innovation by Irish High-Technology Businesses: Policy Implications
June 1, 2005 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Declan Jordan, Eoin O'Leary
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Developing an Evaluative Framework for Industrial Policy in Ireland: Fulfilling the Audit Trail or an Aid to Policy Development?
June 1, 2005 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Helena Lenihan, Mark Hart
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Ireland and Economic Globalization: The Experiences of a Small Open Economy
May 15, 2005 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Richard Layte, Philip J O'Connell , Tony Fahey , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics | Social Inclusion and Equality


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis, Spring Report 2005
March 1, 2005 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Committing to Growth in a Small European Economy
January 1, 2005 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John Bradley
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Is Irish Utility Regulation Failing Consumers?
December 1, 2004 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Patrick Massey
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Competitive Performance in Irish Industry
December 1, 2004 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Eoin O'Malley
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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