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



Financial Globalisation and the Irish Economy
April 1, 2003 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Philip R Lane
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Regional Development and SMEs in Ireland
January 1, 2003 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth, Eoin O'Malley
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


North/South Trade: A Statistical Ground-Clearing Exercise – An Analysis of North/South Trade Statistics
January 1, 2003

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth, M Anyadike-Danes
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


An Analysis of the Journal Article Output of Irish-based Economists, 1970-2001
January 1, 2003 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, B Lucey
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


The Importance of Structural Change in Industry for Growth: Discussion
December 7, 2002 | Journal Article

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


Who’s Afraid of the Big Enlargement? CEPR Policy Paper No. 7
June 1, 2002

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Impact of The Minimum Wage on Irish Firms
May 1, 2002 | Policy Research Series

Authors: Brian Nolan, Donal O'Neill , James Williams
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics


Creating the Celtic Tiger and Sustaining Economic Growth: A Business Perspective
April 1, 2002 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Eleanor Doyle, Eoin O'Leary
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Economic Adjustment within EMU: Ireland’s Experience
January 1, 2002 | Journal Article

Authors: Conall MacCoille, Danny McCoy
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Human Resources in Science and Technology: Measurement Issues and International Mobility
January 1, 2002 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: L Auriol, Jerry Sexton
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


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