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    The Irish Pharmaceutical Industry over the Boom Period and Beyond (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 39

    Van Egeraat, Chris and Barry, Frank (2008) The Irish Pharmaceutical Industry over the Boom Period and Beyond (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 39. Working Paper. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.

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    The pharmaceutical industry has been one of the strongest performing sectors of the Celtic Tiger era. During the past two decades, employment growth in the sector has been strong and continuous, even when, in recent years, employment in other manufacturing sectors has been contracting. Although positive in itself, from a dynamic regional development perspective it is important to explore the qualitative changes in the types of activities that are conducted in Ireland. Adopting a global production network approach, the paper examined Ireland’s changing role in global production networks within the pharmaceutical industry, focussing on the different components of manufacturing and R&D. The analysis shows that Ireland’s involvement in manufacturing has shifted in the direction of relatively higher value generating activities. Within R&D, although the level of value creation has increased substantially, Ireland’s involvement remains concentrated in the (relatively) lower value generating activities of the global R&D network. In addition, the sector remains strongly dominated by foreign direct investment so that a large share of the created value is not captured within Ireland.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Keywords: Manufacturing; production; employment; globalisation; NIRSA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 1147
    Identification Number: 39
    Depositing User: NIRSA Editor
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2009 12:05
    Publisher: NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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