Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

What drives student performance in Latin America?

Our analysis of OECD PISA results from the region offers five findings on student mindsets, teaching practices, technology, instructional hours, and early childhood education.
What drives student performance in latin america?

North America

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Making it in America

– The United States needs to regain its competitive edge in manufacturing while also grappling with its two-tiered labor market... and finding ways to make economic growth more inclusive.
Report

Reseeding growth in the Garden State

– The Garden State can build a future-oriented, high-growth economy by addressing challenges in business, infrastructure, investment,... and its workforce.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth

– Can the productivity puzzle be solved? Fresh analysis examines the issue and highlights opportunities for companies and policy... makers to act on.
Article

Measuring the state of US states

– New research compares economic and social conditions in US states—and highlights opportunities for government leaders to help... make improvements.

Latin America

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America

– The region needs to remove obstacles to competitiveness, pursue digitization, raise skills, and improve economic fundamentals.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Can Latin America reignite growth by connecting with consumers?

– The region needs to build a more diversified and sustainable economic base, focusing on consumers as the pivotal driver of growth both globally and at home.

Europe

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The new dynamics of financial globalization

– Cross-border capital flows have fallen 65 percent since the financial crisis as global banks retrenched, but a more stable form... of financial globalization is emerging.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The brightening mood of European business—and what it means for investment

– Executives are increasingly optimistic about the region’s business outlook, but new survey results suggest more work is... needed to instill confidence and stability. A few measures could help.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

New priorities for the European Union at 60

– As the EU faces an inflection point, its response to three global forces will shape the path forward.
Report

Productivity: The route to Brexit success

– The United Kingdom’s post-Brexit future is uncertain. But one thing is clear: boosting economic growth will depend heavily on... addressing long-standing productivity challenges.

Asia

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

What Southeast Asia needs to become a major player in artificial intelligence

– For artificial intelligence to take hold in Southeast Asia, the region needs more defined business use cases, better data ecosystems,... and more concerted talent-development efforts.
Interview

The Philippines growth dialogues: Doris Ho and Suraj Moraje

– In the first installment of a new series, two Filipino leaders discuss the country’s future economy and society.
Report

Impact investing finds its place in India

– The country’s market for purpose-driven finance could grow to $6 billion to $8 billion in 2025. What’s shaping the landscape?
Report

Chinese luxury consumers: More global, more demanding, still spending

– Even as growth slows, there’s a sizable, and sophisticated, pool of luxury shoppers in China. But brands need to take a... new approach to keep them interested.

Middle East and Africa

Article

Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

– To compete in Africa’s diverse mobile money markets, banks must offer distinctive mobile and digital services not only in... payments and deposits, but across the spectrum of financial services.
Interview

Reshaping ‘retail-tainment’ in the Middle East and beyond

– Alain Bejjani, CEO of conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim, shares his perspectives on retail’s future and on his own leadership journey.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Spurring digital banking in the Gulf

– Regional consumers purchase everything online but financial services. Bankers and regulators need to step up the pace of innovation.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Lions on the move II: Realizing the potential of Africa’s economies

– Africa’s economic fundamentals remain strong, but governments and companies will need to work even harder to keep the region’s... economies moving forward.