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Ireland’s Inward FDI over the Recession and Beyond

Frank Barry, Trinity College Dublin and Adele Bergin, ESRI and NUI Maynooth


Ireland’s FDI intensity might be thought to have left the economy particularly vulnerable to the collapse in international FDI inflows seen over the course of the current global crisis. Analysis of the performance of Ireland’s FDI sectors over this period shows this not to have been the case. Their relatively buoyant export performance is instead shown to have helped to stabilise the economy. The paper also explores the country’s medium-term prospects in key foreign-dominated sectors undergoing substantial structural change, specifically ICT, pharmaceuticals and international financial services. The consequences of ongoing developments in the global FDI market and in the international regulatory and corporation-tax environments are also assessed.


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