Research for the European Competitiveness Report 2014

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag , Conor O'Toole , Gavin Murphy , Brian O'Connell

Research Areas: Internationalisation and Competitiveness

Following a competitive selection, the ESRI has been commissioned by the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry to undertake two studies for the European Competitiveness Report 2014. The ESRI research team is led by Iulia Siedschlag, and also includes Conor O'Toole, Gavin Murphy and Brian O'Connell. Access to External Financing and Firm Growth Iulia Siedschlag, Conor O'Toole, Gavin Murphy, Brian O'Connell. This research will provide empirical evidence on the nature, extent and causes of financial constraints faced by enterprises in the European Union and their impact on investment, employment, productivity and export performance. This evidence will inform strategy and policies to assist enterprises in European Union countries in obtaining access to external finance and support growth by addressing financial market imperfections. Drivers of SMEs Internationalisation: Implications for Firm Growth and Competitiveness Iulia Siedschlag, Gavin Murphy This research will provide empirical evidence on the degree and modes of internationalisation of European SMEs and the link between international activities and enterprise growth. Specifically, this study will examine the determinants of outward internationalisation choices of SMEs including exporting, foreign direct investment and international outsourcing. Furthermore, this research will provide novel evidence on patterns of exporting by SMEs in Ireland by their principal export product and destination markets. This evidence will inform policies to assist enterprises in Ireland and the European Union countries to internationalisation and growth strategies

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