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



Investment in knowledge-based capital and its contribution to productivity growth: a review of international and Irish evidence
May 5, 2017

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Martina Lawless , Mattia Di Ubaldo
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Expanding and diversifying the manufactured exports of Irish-owned enterprises
April 4, 2017

Authors: Martina Lawless, Iulia Siedschlag , Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Irish enterprise exporting patterns in goods and services
April 4, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Martina Lawless, Iulia Siedschlag , Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Front cover of Report The Evolving Composition of Intra-EU Trade
November 24, 2016 |

Authors: Robert Stehrer, Sandra Leitner , Manual Macias , Daniel Mirza , olga Pindyuk , Iulia Siedschlag ...
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Front Cover of journal Economics Distance and Border Effects in International Trade: A Comparison of Estimation Methods
July 7, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Glen Magerman, Zuzanna Studnicka , Jan Van Hove
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Dangers of Ad Hoc Changes to Merger Control Regulation: the Irish Financial Crisis
March 31, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki, Francis O'Toole
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Front Cover of Scottish Journal of Political Economy David vs. Goliath? Smaller European Exporting Firms Facing Asian Competition on Global Markets
February 27, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Filip Abraham, Jan Van Hove , Zuzanna Studnicka
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Mapping the Potential for All-Island Sectoral Ecosystems: A Summary Report
December 15, 2015

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth, Declan Curran , Nola Hewitt-Dundas , Rutger Kroes , Justin Gleeson
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Cover of Publication Scoping the Possible Economic Implications of Brexit on Ireland Scoping the Possible Economic Implications of Brexit on Ireland
November 5, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Alan Barrett, Adele Bergin , John FitzGerald , Derek Lambert , Daire McCoy , Edgar Morgenroth ...
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Modern Irish Competition Law
August 27, 2015

Authors: Philip Andrews, Paul Gorecki , David McFadden
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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