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Competitiveness implications for Ireland of EU enlargement


  • Frank Barry
  • Aoife Hannan
  • Elaine Hutson
  • Colm Kearney


Ten states, primarily from Central and Eastern Europe, are likely to be admitted to the EU within the next few years. The present paper assesses the competitiveness implications of this enlargement for Ireland. Four specific topics are considered: the trade effects, the implications for Ireland's ability to attract FDI, the likely levels of immigration from Central and Eastern Europe and its consequences, and the budgetary implications for the Irish Exchequer.

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  • Frank Barry & Aoife Hannan & Elaine Hutson & Colm Kearney, 2002. "Competitiveness implications for Ireland of EU enlargement," Working Papers 200224, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200224

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