Regions in Focus

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

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.
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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

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.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

A road map for integrating Europe’s refugees

– A surge of refugees and asylum seekers has strained the continent. Managing the asylum procedure and integrating those refugees... well could not only mitigate risks but also benefit the economy.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Digital Europe: Realizing the continent’s potential

– Europe is operating below its digital potential. Accelerating digitization could add trillions of euros to economic growth in... less than a decade.

Asia

Report

Digital Australia: Seizing opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution

– Digitally enabled innovations are creating opportunities and disrupting business models across all sectors of the Australian economy.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The CEO guide to China’s future

– How China’s business environment will evolve on its way toward advanced-economy status.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

India’s ascent: Five opportunities for growth and transformation

– The country could create sustainable economic conditions in five ways, such as promoting acceptable living standards, improving... the urban infrastructure, and unlocking the potential of women.
Report

Deepening capital markets in emerging economies

– Engaging at three levels can help to accelerate growth in Asia.

Middle East and Africa

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.
Article

Digital Middle East: Transforming the region into a leading digital economy

– A number of countries in the region have high rates of consumer smartphone penetration, but businesses and governments need to... catch up.