The primary objective of this research project is to produce a comprehensive study on the impact of market services on aggregate economic growth in the EU and its comparative performance relative to competitor regions, especially the US. The research is divided into three areas: productivity and its drivers in service industries, firm strategies in the knowledge-based economy, and internationalisation of service markets and growth.

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Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Peters, Bettina, Rebecca Riley, Iulia Siedschlag, Priit Vahter and John McQuinn (2018), Internationalisation, Innovation and Productivity in Services: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Review of World Economics 154 (3), 585-615. Download

Rasel, Fabienne (2017), ICT and Global Sourcing - Evidence for German Manufacturing and Service Firms, Economics of Innovation and New Technology Volume 26, 2017 - Issue 7, 634 - 660. Download

Bertschek, Irene, Daniel Erdsiek and Manuel Trenz (2017), IT Outsourcing - A Source of Innovation? - Microeconometric Evidence for Germany, Managerial and Decision Economics Vol. 38, Issue 7, 941-954 . Download

Niebel, Thomas and Marianne Saam (2016), ICT and Growth - The Role of Rates of Return and Capital Prices, Review of Income and Wealth Volume 62, Issue 2, 283–310. Download

Discussion and Working Papers

Peters, Bettina, Rebecca Riley, Iulia Siedschlag, Priit Vahter and John McQuinn (2018), Internationalisation, Innovation and Productivity in Services: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 18-009, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: Review of World Economics. Download

Peters, Bettina, Rebecca Riley, Iulia Siedschlag, Priit Vahter and John McQuinn (2014), Innovation and Productivity in Services: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, JRC-IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation 04/2014, Brüssel. Download

Peters, Bettina, Rebecca Riley, Iulia Siedschlag, Priit Vahter and John McQuinn (2013), Innovation and Productivity in Services: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Servicegap Discussion Paper No. 42. Download

Bertschek, Irene, Benjamin Engelstätter and Krzysztof Szczygielski (2010), The Role of Information Technology for Service Sector Performance, Deliverable 1.2 of SERVICEGAP “Literature reviews on market environments, technology use and internationalisation of services” SERVICEGAP Review Paper 3. Download