Broadly speaking my research has two main strands: 1) the use of outsourcing/offshoring on host and home economies and 2) innovation, R&D and firm survival.  My interest in enterprise began during my PhD which I carried out under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Crook at the University of Edinburgh (graduated 2002).  My PhD topic involved analysing data from a UK bank’s portfolio of new loans to enterprise and devising an application (credit) scoring model.

Since the completion of my PhD, I have been working with UK and German researchers in the area of innovation and the internationalisation of the firm.  Recently we have been examining how switching to web use affects the amount of international services outsourcing carried out using a matching framework.


Further work on effects of a firm’s international outsourcing comprises this second strand of my research.  Here I teamed up with Holger Görg (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy) and Eric Strobl (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris).  We use firm level Irish data to answer questions such as whether buying in services and materials from international suppliers enhances a firm’s productivity.   More recently we looked at the mechanism through which internationalisation creates profits. These profits in turn can be ploughed into innovation and hence sustain international competitiveness.

Most of my research applies econometric tools in order to analyse micro level data.  This research, especially the work on outsourced services is of policy relevance and has been used by policy makers such as the European Commission and more recently CEPII (2008).





Hanley, A. and J. Monreal-Pérez, 2012, ‘Are Newly Exporting Firms more Innovative?  Findings from Matched Spanish Innovators,’ Economics Letters (forthcoming)


Görg, Holger, Aoife Hanley, 2011, ‘Services outsourcing and innovation: An empirical investigation’, Economic Inquiry, v49, n2, pp.321-33


Görg, Holger, Aoife Hanley and Eric Strobl, 2011, ‘Creating Backward Linkages from Multinationals: Is there a Role for Financial Incentives?’, Review of International Economics, v19, no2, pp 245–259


Hanley, Aoife, Wan Hsin Liu and Andrea Vaona, 2011, ‘Have Chinese innovators (and banks) finally grown-up?’,


Olivier Godart, Holger Görg and Aoife Hanley, 2011, ‘Foreign firms and firm survival: A look at Ireland in crisis’,Kiel Institute for the World Economy,


Görg, Holger, Aoife Hanley and Eric Strobl, 2008, ‘Productivity effects of international outsourcing: Evidence from plant level data’, Canadian Journal of Economics, v41, n2, 2008, pp. 670-688


Girma, Sourafel, Holger Görg and Aoife Hanley, 2008, ‘R&D and Exporting: A Comparison of British and Irish firms”, Review of World Economics, v144, n4, pp. 749-772


Burke, Andrew, Holger Görg and Aoife Hanley, 2008, ‘The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on New Firm Survival: Static v. Dynamic Industries”, Small Business Economics, 2008, v31, n4, pp.395-407


Gooroochurn, Nishaal and Aoife Hanley, 2007, ‘A Tale of Two Literatures: Transaction Cost and Property Rights in Innovation Outsourcing”, Research Policy, v36, n10, pp.1483-1495, 2007


Burke, Andrew and Aoife Hanley, 2006, ‘ Bank Interest Margins and Business Start-up Collateral: Testing for Convexity”, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, v53, n3, pp. 319-334


 ‘Offshoring and productivity: The Case of Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom’ (joint with E.C. Criscuolo, E. Hagsten,  P. Karpaty and S. Svanberg) in Pilat, Backer (ed.) Compendium with Studieson Global Value Chains, Paris, OECD, 2008





Hanley, A. and J. Monreal-Pérez, 2011, ‘Are Newly Exporting Firms more Innovative?  Findings from Matched Spanish Innovators,’ Kiel Working Paper No. 1735  


Aoife Hanley, Wan-Hsin Liu and Andrea Vaona, 2011, ‘Financial Development and Innovation in China: Evidence from the Provincial Data’, Kiel Working Paper No. 1673, January 2011


Hanley, Aoife and Ingrid Ott, 2009, ‘Web Switching and International Outsourcing: A Matching Approach”, Kiel Working Paper 6/2010



ZEW Mannheim conference on ‘Economics of Information and Patenting’ and ‘Finale Conference COST network STRIKE’, May 2011


Verein für Socialpolitik, Special Session on Globalisation and Outsourcing organized by Joachim Wagner, September 2010, CAU Kiel


Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, Workshop on Service Robotics, ‘Services outsourcing and innovation: The way forward for German engineering?, September 2010


ZEW Mannheim, Conference title ‘The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies’ Conference, July 2010


Knowledge for Growth Workshop, Toulouse School of Economics, ‘Exporting and Environmental Innovation’, July 2008