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



Fiscal Policy in a Monetary Union: the Case of Ireland, Proceedings of the Brussels Economic Forum
January 1, 2001

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


The Irish Economy in International Perspective
January 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

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


The Island Economy: Past, Present and Future
January 1, 2001 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Has Ireland’s Exposure to a Sterling Shock Changed?
January 1, 2000 | Journal Article

Authors: David Duffy, John FitzGerald
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Exchange Rates and Trade:The Case of Irish Exports to Britain
January 1, 2000 | Journal Article

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


The Irish Economy in Comparative Perspective
January 1, 2000 | Book/Report Chapter

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


The Revival of Irish Indigenous Industry 1987-1997
April 1, 1998 | QEC Special Article

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


Competitiveness Indices for Irish Manufactured Exports
July 1, 1981 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Jim O'Leary
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


The C.I.I.- E.S.R.I. Quarterly and Monthly Surveys of Business Attitudes: Methods and Uses
March 1, 1975 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Peter Neary
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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