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



The Impact of Wage Bargaining Regime on Firm-Level Competitiveness and Wage Inequality: The Case of Ireland
September 8, 2010 | Journal Article

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


Patterns and Determinants of Business Cycle Synchronization in the Enlarged European Economic and Monetary Union
June 15, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Competition Law and Consumer Protection – The Debate is No Longer about Whether these Two Should be Integrated, the Question Now is How
April 30, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki, Cavenish Elithorn , Melanie Aitken
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Picking Lemons or Picking Cherries? Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Norwegian Manufacturing
April 12, 2010 | Journal Article

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


Is a Code of Practice Needed for the Grocery Trade?
April 6, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Impact of South-South Preferential Trade Agreements on Industrial Development: An Empirical Test
March 25, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


A Code of Practice for Grocery Goods Undertakings and an Ombudsman: How to do a Lot of Harm by Trying to do a Little Good
December 23, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Winter 2009
December 3, 2009 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


How Important is Exporting and Ownership to Productivity Growth?
November 1, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances Ruane
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


European Research Area Indicators and Monitoring, Expert Group Report
October 15, 2009

Authors: Benedetto Lepori, Iulia Siedschlag , Michael Tubbs , Reinhilde Veugelers , Ward Ziarko
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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