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



Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Winter 2011/2012 Report
January 18, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


The Effects of the Euro on Intra-Euro Area Exports
November 30, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Boosting Innovation and Productivity in Enterprises: What Works?
November 9, 2011 | ESRI Economic Renewal Series

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


Determinants of ICT Adoption: Evidence from Firm-level Data
October 30, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Revising Irish Merger Guidelines: Lessons
October 4, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Has the Euro Boosted Intra-Euro Area Exports? Evidence from Industry Data
October 1, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Too Many Unnecessary Merger Notifications in Ireland?
September 30, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Labour Market Models in the EU
September 2, 2011 |

Authors: Ferry Koster, John McQuinn , Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


Credit Where Credit’s Due: Accounting for Co-authorship in Citation Counts
July 16, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Tol
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Regional Output Growth Synchronisation with the Euro Area
May 12, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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