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



Internationalisation of Firms and Their Innovation and Productivity
February 3, 2015 | Journal Article

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


International Investment and Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from Small Open Economies
October 31, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Access to External Finance and Firm Growth
September 10, 2014

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


Drivers of SME Internationalisation: Implications for Firm Growth and Competitiveness
September 10, 2014

Authors: Martin Falk, Gavin Murphy , Iulia Siedschlag , Eva Hagsten , Jan Vessel , Daniel Mirza
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Boosting the Attractiveness of the European Union to International Investment in R&D Activities: What Matters?
July 17, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Taxi Regulation in Ireland: Will it be Different this Time?
June 20, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Improving the Merger Control Process in Ireland
June 18, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Evaluation of Competitive Impacts of Government Interventions – Ex-Post Assessment of Government Intervention in the Taxi Market in Ireland: 1978-2014
May 21, 2014 |

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Quality of Analysis of Irish Merger Decisions
April 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Does Bank Market Power Affect SME Financing Constraints?
March 11, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor O'Toole, Fergal McCann
Research Area: Macroeconomics


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