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



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


Firms’ engagement in Global Value Chains
July 9, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Gavin Murphy
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Financing Constraints and Firms? Growth in the European Union: Has the Financial Crisis Made Them Worse?
May 8, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Conor O'Toole , Gavin Murphy , Brian O'Connell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Does Firms Engagement in International Activities Foster Their Innovation and Productivity?
February 20, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Xiaoheng Zhang
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Foreign Acquisitions and Firm Performance
February 6, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Ville Kaitila , John McQuinn , Xiaoheng Zhang
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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