Ontem ao final da tarde saí de Santarém, parei em Coimbra para visitar pessoas muito queridas e regressei a casa já depois das 20h30. Em vez de assistir ao relato do Sporting que já perdia por um a zero, liguei o ipad ao sistema audio do carro e ouvi em diferido o último Mel Talks, desta vez com Alexandre Relvas.
"We observe a high level of specialisation in Ireland’s export structure, coupled with high income per capita as compared to the complexity level of its industrial activities (as captured by its Economic Complexity Index). We identify a dual structure within the economy, with domestic and foreign-owned exporters exhibiting distinct characteristics. In the latter case, we observe a recent consolidation and reduction in complexity level by the foreign-owned high tech pharmaceuticals and electronics sectors, with limited evidence of spill-overs leading to growth of domestic firms in these sectors. This contrasts with a dynamic and growing domestic food and agriculture sector, which is well positioned for continued expansion of Ireland’s indigenous activities into more complex goods....Ireland’s domestic economy is driven mainly by services (constituting over 60% of GDP), with manufacturing a growing component of an overall declining industrial sector. Figure 1 shows that exports of goods and services are high (and growing) as compared to other countries with a similar GDP. Goods exports have traditionally been the dominant factor, but recently services exports – dominated by financial services and IT - have caught up with (and very recently overtaken) goods exports.A key component of its growth and industrial strategy, Ireland is a major recipient of net inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) compared to other countries at a similar GDP per capita as seen in Figure 1 of the Supplementary Information (SI), driven by a competitive tax regime and a young, highly educated and skilled labour force.
Given that a cluster of industries, namely chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronics are mainly foreign-owned, and hence are not fully integrated into Ireland’s capability base"