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 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


A Gravity Model Approach to Estimating the Expected Volume of North/South Trade
May 24, 2009

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Convergence of Consumption Patterns During Macroeconomic Transition: A Model of Demand in Ireland and the OECD
May 15, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Karen Mayor , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment | Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


Assessing the Impact of Skill Shortages on the Productivity Performance of High-tech Firms in Northern Ireland
March 31, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Jessica Bennett, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


Dynamic Regions in a Knowledge-Driven Global Economy. Lessons and Implications for the European Union, Final Activity Report
March 30, 2009

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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