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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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Fostering an open, secure digital economy

January 2016—US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker discusses efforts to make the Internet a free, open, and available asset—while respecting user privacy and providing security.more

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Globalization for the little guy

January 2016—Digitization has opened the door for emerging economies, small businesses, and individuals to participate directly in globalization.more


Moving Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil

December 2015—Saudi Arabia must realize the potential of its non-oil economy through a productivity-led transformation.more

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Four fundamentals of workplace automation

November 2015—As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated—at least in the short term.more


Gauging the strength of Chinese innovation

October 2015—China does well in customer- and manufacturing-oriented innovation, though not in the more advanced varieties. But the country will need them to sustain growth. 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


Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things

June 2015—If policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.more

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South Africa’s bold priorities for inclusive growth

August 2015—Sluggish growth has left many pessimistic about the country’s economic outlook, but five actions could add 1.1 percent ($87 billion) to annual GDP and create millions of jobs by 2030.more


A window of opportunity for Europe

June 2015—The region could achieve economic growth of 2 to 3 percent annually by undertaking supply-side reforms and boosting investment and job-creation efforts.more


Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age

June 2015—Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting people to the right work opportunities. By 2025 they could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP, and begin to ameliorate many of the persistent problems in the world’s labor markets.more

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Debt and (not much) deleveraging

February 2015—Global debt has grown by $57 trillion and no major economy has decreased its debt-to-GDP ratio since 2007. High government debt in advanced economies, mounting household debt, and the rapid rise of China’s debt are areas of potential concern.more

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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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Essays on growth

Essays on Growth

What is the single biggest opportunity we can act on now to sustain rising prosperity for the long term?

Leading thinkers explore how to maintain global economic growth and prosperity.more

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Financial Markets
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QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks

November 2013—Ultra-low interest rates, in part as a result of central-bank policies since 2007, have had a very different distributional impact on governments, corporations, financial institutions, and households.more

Labor Markets
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The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 bllion 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

Natural Resources
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Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies

December 2013—In 20 years, almost half of the world’s countries could depend on their resource endowments for growth. These economies have a huge opportunity to transform their prospects, and a new model could help governments capture the coming resource windfall instead of squandering it.more

Productivity, Competitiveness & Growth
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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

Technology & Innovation
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India’s tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people

December 2014—A dozen disruptive technologies can add up to $1 trillion in GDP by 2025 and help bring millions of Indians up the MGI Empowerment Line.more

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Tackling the world's affordable housing challenge

October 2014—A third of urban dwellers—1.6 billion people—could struggle to secure decent housing by 2025. Here are four approaches that could help.more

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