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



Subsidies to the Farming Sector: who receives direct payments in Ireland?
January 1, 2002 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Sue Scott
Research Area: Energy and Environment | Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Will EU Enlargement Threaten Ireland’s Foreign Direct Investment Inflows?
December 1, 2001 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Frank Barry, Aoife Hannan
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Managing an Economy under EMU: The Case of Ireland
November 1, 2001 | Journal Article

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


Competitive Advantage in the Irish Indigenous Software Industry and the Role of Inward Foreign Direct Investment
November 1, 2001 | Journal Article

Authors: Eoin O'Malley, Colm O'Gorman
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Adjustment in European Monetary Union: The Irish Experience
October 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Anthony Leddin
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Irish Fiscal Policy in EMU and the Brussels-Dublin Controversy
May 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: F Barry, John FitzGerald
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Can the Celtic Tiger cross the Irish Border?
May 1, 2001

Authors: John Bradley, Esmond Birnie
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Fiscal Policy in a Monetary Union: the Case of Ireland
March 1, 2001 | QEC Special Article

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


Regulatory Reform in Ireland
January 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment | Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Multinational Corporations and Global and International Models of Pension Provision: Evidence from Ireland
January 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Gerry Hughes
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


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