Frances P. Ruane

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Irish policy towards foreign direct investment has evolved since the 1950s as a strategy driven primarily by the use of fiscal incentives to enhance the profitability of locating in Ireland, with grants as required to achieve a particular bargaining advantage in competing against alternative international locations. Our empirical analysis of European firms(More)
In this paper, we analyse the effects of multinational companies on wage inequality in the host country, studying the case of the Irish economy. Based on a model developed by Aghion and Howitt (1998), in which the introduction of new technologies leads to increasing demand for skilled labour and, therefore, to rising inequality, we conduct an econometric(More)
The European Economy Group (EEG) was formed in 1998 within the framework of a Jean Monnet Action. Since November 2000 its activities are partially financed by the Uni2-UCM Chair on European Economy. Its objective is to undertake and promote research and other academic activities about the European integration process. The EEG Working Papers Series(More)
The origins of this paper lie in discussions at the National Statistics Board (NSB). The NSB noted that an increasing number of Central Statistics Office (CSO) series provided valuable insights into the functioning of Ireland's economy in a globalised context. Some members of the Board suggested that significant value added of a statistical nature would be(More)
The increasingly important role of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the global economy is linked to questions of how the foreign direct investment (FDI) they control impacts on overall economic activity in the recipient countries. Of specific interest is the policy context in which such FDI flows into the developing country and how a government can(More)
We rank economics departments in the Republic of Ireland according to the number of publications, number of citations, and successive h-index of research-active staff. We increase the discriminatory power of the h1-index by introducing three generalizations, each of which is a rational number. The first (h1 +) measures the excess over the actual h-index,(More)
This paper analyses the concept of linkages and studies the development and the determinants of inter-firm linkages between electronics firms in Ireland and domestic sub-suppliers using firm level data for 1982 to 1995. We discuss the concept of inter-firm linkages and the effects of linkages. We argue that the concept of linkages developed by Hirschman(More)
This paper formalises the choice a firm has to face when entering a foreign market via FDI as between setting up an entirely new plant (greenfield investment) or acquiring an existing indigenous firm. Our results show that in an asymmetric duopoly situation a new entrant will normally be best off by acquiring an existing indigenous low-technology firm,(More)
for helpful comments and suggestions. Thanks are also due to Gerry Brett and Elaine Lucey for help with the CSO data. Abstract This paper examines the effect of the presence of multinational companies on firm survival in the host country. We postulate that MNCs can impact positively on firm survival through technology spillovers, and negatively through the(More)