How Competitive is Irish Manufacturing?

 
Author/Editor: Cerra, Valerie ; Soikkeli, Jarkko
 
Publication Date: September 01, 2002
 
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Summary: Ireland has had significant competitiveness gains in the 1990s on the basis of the standard manufacturing unit labor cost-based measure of the real effective exchange rate. A handful of sectors mostly dominated by multinational companies have accounted for the bulk of value added in production. Their productivity gains have greatly contributed to Ireland's exceptional growth performance in the 1990s, which has earned it the nickname of "Celtic Tiger." However, these sectors represent a disproportionately smaller share of manufacturing employment, and competitiveness in employment-intensive sectors has been much weaker. This paper thus explores Irish competitiveness from the viewpoint of risks to employment.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 02/160
Subject(s): Manufacturing | Ireland | Labor costs | Real effective exchange rates | Employment

Author's Keyword(s): Ireland | competitiveness | unit labor costs | real exchange rate | employment
 
English
Publication Date: September 01, 2002
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA1602002 Pages: 12
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