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



Foreign Firms and Host Country Productivity: Does the Mode of Entry Matter?
February 23, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Ragnhild Balsvik, Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


A Decision of an Association of Undertakings: Reflections on a Recent Irish Supreme Court Decision, Hemat v Medical Council
February 8, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness: Dynamic Regions in the Knowledge-Based World Economy
January 10, 2011

Editors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness in a Knowledge-Based World Economy: Introduction
January 10, 2011 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Peter Nijkamp, Iulia Siedschlag , Donal Smith
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Examining the Relationship between Wage Bargaining and Competitiveness in Ireland
December 30, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


Managing Capital Flows: Experiences from Central and Eastern Europe
November 30, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Winter Report 2010
November 26, 2010 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


ICT and Regional Economic Dynamics: A Literature Review
November 12, 2010

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


International Transmission of Business Cycles
October 12, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


More Intra-Region Direct Investment through Economic Integration? Modelling the Experience of the EU’s Single Market
September 15, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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