McKinsey Global Institute

Productivity, Competitiveness & Growth

Can long-term global growth be saved?

January 2015—Without action, global economic growth will almost halve in the next 50 years. A new McKinsey Global Institute report offers a solution: a dramatic improvement in productivity.more

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How a private-sector transformation could revive Japan

March 2015—With its working-age population shrinking, Japan will need to focus on productivity as never before. A major private-sector initiative to accelerate productivity growth could create a “fourth arrow” of economic reform.more

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Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

November 2014—By capitalizing on three global trends, Southeast Asia could increase productivity and create billions in economic value by 2030.more

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China’s digital transformation

July 2014—New applications of the Internet could account for up to 22 percent of China’s GDP growth through 2025. more

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Brazil’s path to inclusive growth

May 2014—To raise incomes and living standards, Brazil must accelerate productivity growth. Building new connections with the rest of the global economy could provide the opening to do just that.more

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Global flows in a digital age

April 2014—The movement of goods and services, finance, and people has reached previously unimagined levels. Global flows are creating new degrees of connectedness among economies—and playing an ever-larger role in determining the fate of nations, companies, and individuals. To be unconnected is to fall behind.more

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A tale of two Mexicos: Growth and prosperity in a two-speed economy

March 2014—A modern, fast-growing, highly productive economy and a traditional, low-productivity one are pulling in opposite directions, reducing GDP growth and progress in living standards.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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A new dawn: Reigniting growth in Central and Eastern Europe

December 2013—The nations of Central and Eastern Europe were among the fastest growing in the world before the global financial crisis. Restoring that kind of growth will require a strategy that raises investment, expands high-value exports, unleashes productivity in domestic sectors, revives foreign direct investment, and increases domestic savings.more

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Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information

October 2013—Open data—public information and shared data from private sources—can help create $3 trillion a year of value in seven areas of the global economy.more

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Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges

June 2013—If current productivity and demographic trends hold, Myanmar’s economy may grow by less than 4 percent a year. But that could increase to 8 percent if the country diversified its economy and more than doubled its labor-productivity growth—a difficult but not unprecedented feat.more