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, 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


Integration, Growth and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union, ZEI Studies in European Economics and Law Vol VII
November 1, 2004

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


Hermin: A Macro Model Framework for the Study of Cohesion and Transition
November 1, 2004 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John Bradley, J Gacs , A Kangur , N Lubenets
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Promoting Cohesion in the Enlarged EU — Is there a Role for National Development Plans?
November 1, 2004 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Integration, Growth and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union
November 1, 2004 | Book/Report Chapter

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


The Competitive Performance of Industry in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
September 24, 2004 | Journal Article

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


Committing to Growth in Small European Countries
January 1, 2004

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


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