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How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

September 2015—A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.more

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Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores

December 2015—While the most advanced sectors, companies, and individuals push the boundaries of technology use, the US economy as a whole is realizing only 18 percent of its digital potential.more

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The new global competition for corporate profits

September 2015—A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that a 30-year period of unprecedented corporate-profit growth could be drawing to a close. Competition is intensifying as emerging-market companies go global and technology and technology-enabled firms make rapid moves into new sectors.more

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India’s path from poverty to empowerment

February 2014—India has made encouraging progress in reducing its official poverty rate. But the nation has an opportunity to help more than half a billion people attain better living standards.more

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Investing in growth: Europe's next challenge

December 2012—Private investment was the hardest-hit component of Europe’s GDP between 2007 and 2011—but it can also be a major driver of the region’s recovery. more

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Manufacturing’s new era: A conversation with Timken CEO James Griffith

December 2012—The manufacturer’s chief talks with McKinsey director Katy George about skills, costs, and the supply-chain challenges of transforming production in an age of emerging-market growth.more

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Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

November 2012—Manufacturing remains a critical force in both advanced and developing economies. But the sector has changed, bringing new opportunities and challenges to business leaders and policy makers. more

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Africa at work: Job creation and inclusive growth

August 2012—The world's second-fastest-growing region must speed up job creation to sustain its successes. By focusing on labor-intensive sectors such as agriculture, some types of manufacturing, and retail and hospitality, African nations could boost the number of new wage-paying jobs from 54 million on current trends to 72 million by 2020.more

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The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people

June 2012—Strains on the global labor force are becoming painfully evident. Market forces will fail to resolve demand and supply imbalances for tens of millions of skilled and unskilled workers.more

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Trading myths: Addressing misconceptions about trade, jobs, and competitiveness

May 2012—MGI analyzes the performance of mature economies’ tradable sectors. We found that reality is often at odds with conventional wisdom.more

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French employment 2020: Five priorities for action

May 2012—Unemployment is rising. Unless it comes down, France won’t be able to sustain its beleaguered social safety net.more

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Education for everyone: An interview with Sal Khan

Online learning is revolutionizing access to education. As Khan Academy founder Sal Khan explains, it may also revolutionize how organizations find the workers they need.more

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Thinking long-term today: An interview with Peter Diamond

James Manyika speaks with Professor Peter Diamond, a nobel prize winner in economics, about long-term employment challenges in the United States and how to address them.more

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The global job crisis

James Manyika and other McKinsey experts discuss the underlying causes of the jobs crisis and some of the ways business and government can cooperate to create the millions of jobs that are needed.more

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The US employment challenge: Perspectives from Carl Camden and Michael Spence

McKinsey Quarterly—The CEO of a global staffing firm and a Nobel laureate economist discuss the changing face of US employment and the obstacles to job creation.more

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The number of new jobs created in the EU-15 countries between 1995 and 2008—more than the United Statesmore

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