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



Letting the Punishment Fit the Crime: Sentencing in Cartel Cases in Ireland
May 30, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Sentencing in Criminal Cartel Cases in Ireland: the Duffy Judgement
April 23, 2013 | Journal Article

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


International Investment and Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from Small Open Economies
March 1, 2013 |

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


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Winter 2012/13 Report
February 20, 2013 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: John FitzGerald, CPB , OFCE
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment to China on Foreign Direct Investment to Other Countries
January 31, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Competition Policy in Ireland’s Recession
December 14, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Intra-firm Trade, Exporting, Importing, and Firm Performance
November 9, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Inward Investment and Irish Exports over the Recession and Beyond
October 1, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Frank Barry, Adele Bergin
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Troubled Times: What Role for Competition and Regulatory Policy?
April 18, 2012 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


What Determines the Diffusion of ICT at Firm Level?
February 24, 2012 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Stefanie Haller, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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