Committing to Economic Openness in Ireland

Paul Teague and Denise Currie

in Development Success

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660704
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748943 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Committing to Economic Openness in Ireland

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This chapter sets out to explain the factors behind Ireland's exceptional period of economic growth from the early 1990s to the mid 2000s. It suggests that an unbending commitment to economic openness and an on-going effort to establish quality domestic institutions were the main drivers of the so-called ‘Celtic tiger’ phenomenon. The commitment to economic openness manifested itself in the relentless search for inward investment and a willingness to accept deep forms of European integration. Building domestic institutional capabilities involved adopting new-classical macroeconomic policies, creating a robust system of social partnership and reforming the educational system. The two factors positively interacted with each other to create dynamic effects.

Keywords: Ireland; economic growth; economic development; inward investment; economic systems

Chapter.  8766 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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