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



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


The Recession, Budgets, Competition, and Regulation: Should the State Supply Bespoke Protection?
October 13, 2009 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Macroeconomic Differentials and Adjustment in the Euro Area
September 3, 2009 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


A Hirsch Measure for the Quality of Research Supervision, and an Illustration with Trade Economists
August 13, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Frances Ruane, Richard Tol
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Kerry/Breeo Merger: Two Views of Countervailing Buyer Power — the Competition Authority and the High Court
August 7, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Misperception of Inflation by Irish Consumers
July 30, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: David Duffy, Pete Lunn
Research Area: Behavioural Economics | Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Future Challenges for Competition Policy in Ireland: A Personal Perspective
June 12, 2009 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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