A critical review of competitiveness measurement in Northern Ireland

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The measurement of regional competitiveness is an important and complex issue. Previous research has mostly considered national economies. However, indicators and measures identified at the national level may not apply well to regions. This paper contributes to knowledge by providing an analytical narrative of how the concept of the measurement of competitiveness has developed over time in Northern Ireland. The various stages in the development of measurements are critically evaluated. The region’s chronic competitiveness shortfall is identified and possible explanations are indicated. The conclusions assess the most recent position regarding competitiveness measurement alongside a review of future research needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1494-1504
Number of pages11
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number10
Early online date11 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Oct 2019


  • Competitiveness
  • productivity
  • regional
  • economic development
  • Northern Ireland
  • economic development policy
  • competitiveness


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