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Competitiveness, Trade and FDI

Research in this area focuses on structural and microeconomic factors and policies underlying competitiveness and economic growth in Ireland and other European countries in the context of international economic integration. Research topics include international trade, foreign direct investment, innovation and productivity.

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Scoping papers for research on 'The economic and social opportunities from increased cooperation on the shared island

The research topics for 2021 under the programme span areas of the services economy, enterprise, health and education on the island and full reports are to be published later this year. These research outputs which will add to the understanding of current and potential linkages across the island of Ireland in a range of economic, social and environmental areas.

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Environmental policy, competitiveness and green growth: International and Irish evidence

On 21 February, the ESRI hosted a joint conference with the EPA that discussed recent research on investment in green technologies and innovations with environmental benefits in Ireland and internationally. Slides from the conference are now available. 

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International trade

Research examines factors influencing the engagement and performance of firms in international trade and global value chains.

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Foreign Direct Investment

This research examines factors influencing the attractiveness of Ireland and other European countries to foreign direct investment.

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Innovation and productivity

Research examines factors driving the innovation and productivity performance of firms.