Dr Gerda Dewit



Rhetoric House
(01) 708 3776


Gerda Dewit obtained her PhD in Economics in 1996 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL).  Before joining the department of Economics at Maynooth University in 2000, she was a lecturer in Economics at the University of Glasgow (1996-2000).  Since 2010, she has been affiliated to the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies at KUL as a Senior Researcher. 

Her main research fields are International Trade and Industrial Organisation. She is especially interested in the following topics: firm location, economic integration and globalisation, tax competition, labour standards, strategic behaviour in trade and foreign direct investment.

Research Interests

Industrial Organisation. International Trade.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 Dewit, G; Leahy, D (2020) 'Thinking inside the box: Optimal policy towards a footloose R&D-intensive firm'. Journal of Public Economic Theory, 22 :1921-1942. [DOI]
2019 Dewit G.; Görg H.; Temouri Y. (2019) 'Employment Protection and Firm Relocation: Theory and Evidence'. Economica, 86 (344):663-688. [DOI]
2018 Dewit G.; Hynes K.; Leahy D. (2018) 'Corporate tax games with cross-border externalities from public infrastructure'. Economic Inquiry, 56 (2):1047-1063. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Dewit G.; Leahy D. (2016) 'Strategic R&D Commitment and the Gains from Trade'. Review of International Economics, 24 (5):1129-1148. [DOI]
2015 Dewit, G; Leahy, D (2015) 'Tax Uniformity: A Commitment Device for Restraining Opportunistic Behavior'. Journal of Public Economic Theory, 17 :641-672. [Full-Text]
2013 Dewit, G; Leahy, D; Montagna, C (2013) 'Employment Protection, Flexibility and Firms' Strategic Location Decisions under Uncertainty'. Economica, 80 :441-474. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Dewit, G; Leahy, D (2011) 'SHORT-RUN POLICY COMMITMENT WHEN INVESTMENT TIMING IS ENDOGENOUS: 'MORE HARM THAN GOOD?''. Bulletin of Economic Research, 63 :82-107. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Dewit, G; Gorg, H; Montagna, C (2009) 'Should I stay or should I go? Foreign direct investment, employment protection and domestic anchorage'. Review of World Economics, 145 :93-110. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Dewit, G; Leahy, D (2009) 'Oligopsonistic Cats and Dogs'. Review of Industrial Organization, 35 :257-274. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2006 Dewit G.; Leahy D. (2006) 'Investment timing under uncertainty in oligopoly: Symmetry or leadership?'. Journal of Economics and Business, 58 (1):1-19. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2004 Dewit, G; Leahy, D (2004) 'Rivalry in uncertain export markets: commitment versus flexibility'. Journal of International Economics, 64 :195-209. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2002 Dewit, G (2002) 'Risky business: Multinationals, uncertainty and asymmetric insurance'. Economica, 69 :357-370. [Full-Text]
2001 Huff, WG; Dewit, G; Oughton, C (2001) 'Credibility and reputation building in the developmental state: A model with East Asian applications'. World Development, 29 :711-724. [Full-Text]
2001 Huff, W. G., G. Dewit and C. Oughton (2001) 'Building the developmental state: achieving economic growth through co-operative solutions: A comment on Bringing politics back in'. JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES, 38 :147-151. [Full-Text]
2001 Dewit G. (2001) 'Intervention in risky export markets: Insurance, strategic action or aid?'. European Journal of Political Economy, 17 (3):575-592. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2000 Abraham, F. and G. Dewit (2000) 'Export Promotion via Export Insurance'. Open Economies Review, 11 :5-26. [Full-Text]
1997 Dewit, G. (1997) 'Verzekering als slagkracht bij export onder onzekerheid'. ECONOMISCH EN SOCIAAL TIJDSCHRIFT, 4 :551-577. [Full-Text]
1997 Abraham, F. and G. Dewit (1997) 'A Case of Sectoral Export Promotion: Export Insurance Subsidies in Belgium'. REVIEW OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC LITERATURE, 42 :425-446. [Full-Text]
1992 Abraham, F., I. Couwenberg and G. Dewit (1992) '“Towards an EC policy on export financing subsidies: Lessons from the 1980s and prospects for future reform”'. World Economy, 15 :389-405.

Working Paper

Year Publication
2022 Gerda Dewit; Dermot Leahy (2022) Pigovian Export Promotion and Cooperation in a Pandemic. WP
Certain data included herein are derived from the © Web of Science (2023) of Clarivate. All rights reserved.