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



Macroeconomic Differentials and Adjustment in the Euro Area
October 16, 2008

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Emergence of the Entrepreneurial Society
September 10, 2008 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: David Audretsch
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


European Integration, Regional Growth and Cohesion: An Overview
June 29, 2008 | Journal Article

Authors: Peter Nijkamp, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


International Journal of Public Policy: Special Issue on European Integration, Regional Growth and Cohesion
June 29, 2008

Editors: Iulia Siedschlag
Authors: Peter Nijkamp
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Ireland’s Innovation Performance: 1991 to 2005
June 24, 2008 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Nola Hewitt-Dundas
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Foreign Direct Investment, Economic Growth and Labour Market Performance: Empirical Evidence from the New EU Countries
June 12, 2008

Authors: Gabor Hunya, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Knowledge Economy, Economic Transformations and ICT in EU+25: Regional Selection and Empirical Approach, Research Report
May 31, 2008

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Rational (Successive) h-indices: An Application to Economics in the Republic of Ireland
May 20, 2008 | Journal Article

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


The Distribution of Productivity in Irish Manufacturing Between 1995 and 2004 – Determinants, Changes and Implications
May 6, 2008 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Regional Structural Change and Cohesion in the Enlarged European Union: An Introduction
April 1, 2008 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Christiane Krieger-Boden, Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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