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About Jaana

Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.

Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research looks at global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline, as well as growth of cities. Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that has examined the shifting economic power of cities, the rising urban consuming class, and the global company landscape as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Her long-term research interests also include analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; and in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea. She has also led MGI's research on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand and the opportunity to reduce energy consumption through higher energy productivity.

Jaana advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. She is a member of OECD’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate’s advisory group and a nonresident senior fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council.


Inspiring Ideas: No Ordinary Disruption, Global Infrastructure Initiative, November 2015

Selected published work

Where to look for global growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2014

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

How to make a city great,” McKinsey & Company, September 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2012

Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012

Urban America: US cities in the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2012

Sustaining Vietnam's growth: The productivity challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2012

Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin American growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2011

Urban world: Mapping the economic power of cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2011

US growth and renewal: Retooling America’s economic engine,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2011

Stanford University PhD in applied economics
University of Helsinki, Finland MA in economics and philosophy

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videoJaana Remes delivers keynote at McKinsey's Global Infrastructure Initiative conference

Inspiring Ideas: No Ordinary Disruption

November 2015—Jaana Remes gives a keynote on the four global forces breaking all the trends at McKinsey's Global Infrastructure Initiative conference.

video | YouTubeJaana Remes - Leuphana Digital School

Cities and Economic Growth

MGI principal Jaana Remes, discusses how cities are the engine of economic growth in a serie of lectures that are part of the program ‘Ideal City of the 21st Century’ from the Leuphana University.

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