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



Examining the Relationship between Wage Bargaining and Competitiveness in Ireland
December 30, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


Managing Capital Flows: Experiences from Central and Eastern Europe
November 30, 2010 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Winter Report 2010
November 26, 2010 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: John FitzGerald, Adele Bergin , CPB , OFCE
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Macroeconomics


ICT and Regional Economic Dynamics: A Literature Review
November 12, 2010

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Robert Owen , Gavin Murphy
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


International Transmission of Business Cycles
October 12, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


More Intra-Region Direct Investment through Economic Integration? Modelling the Experience of the EU’s Single Market
September 15, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


The Impact of Wage Bargaining Regime on Firm-Level Competitiveness and Wage Inequality: The Case of Ireland
September 8, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Labour Markets and Skills


Patterns and Determinants of Business Cycle Synchronization in the Enlarged European Economic and Monetary Union
June 15, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Iulia Siedschlag
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Competition Law and Consumer Protection – The Debate is No Longer about Whether these Two Should be Integrated, the Question Now is How
April 30, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki, Cavenish Elithorn , Melanie Aitken
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


Picking Lemons or Picking Cherries? Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Norwegian Manufacturing
April 12, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Ragnhild Balsvik, Stefanie Haller
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness


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