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



Does Bank Market Power Affect SME Financing Constraints?
January 17, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor O'Toole, Fergal McCann
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Globalization and Ireland’s Export Performance
December 30, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Boosting Innovation and Productivity in Enterprises: What Matters? What Works?
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances Ruane, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Providing Economic Security Through Competition and Regulatory Policy: What Is the Evidence?
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Human Capital and Growth of Information and Communication Technology-intensive Industries: Empirical Evidence from Open Economies
October 30, 2013 | Journal Article

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


What Determines the Location Choice of Multinational Firms in the Information and Communication Technologies Sector?
October 21, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Alternative Approaches to Sentencing in Cartel Cases: The European Union, Ireland and the United States
September 16, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki, Sarah Maxwell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


What Determines the Location Choice of R&D Activities by Multinational Firms?
September 1, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Boosting Foreign Direct Investment in the Information and Communication Technologies Sector: What Works?
July 17, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Is Foreign Direct Investment to China Crowding Out the Foreign Direct Investment to Other Countries?
June 5, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Laura Resmini, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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