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



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


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


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