McKinsey Global Institute

Reports issued by the McKinsey Global Institute are often cited in international media, and MGI authors frequently contribute to leading business publications. We offer a selection of articles below.

MGI In the News

article | Project Syndicate

A growth strategy for Europe

September 15, 2015—Low oil prices, a more competitive euro exchange rate, and the European Central Bank’s judicious use of its full suite of monetary-stabilization policies—not to mention the fact that the threat of Grexit has been averted, at least for now—provide a favorable backdrop for such ambitious reforms. Even the political environment may not be as inauspicious as is often believed: Despite the worrying rise of anti-European sentiment in many countries—especially those hit hardest by the crisis—there is a palpable yearning among Europeans to break out of the continent’s debilitating economic (and political) rut, write Hans-Helmut Kotz, Eric Labaye and Sven Smit in Project Syndicate.more

article | The Huffington Post

The power of gender parity

September 24, 2015—Despite progress on multiple fronts, parity between men and women remains an elusive goal. But achieving it offers huge economic potential—if full parity were to be achieved, the contribution of women to global GDP growth could double between 2014 and 2025, adding as much as $28 trillion or 26 percent to the global economy. This is roughly the combined size of the economies of the United States and China today, write James Manyika, Anu Madgavkar and Jonathan Woetzel in The Huffington Post.more

article | Project Syndicate

Reassessing the Internet of Things

August 6, 2015—Today, we seem to be at a similar historical moment with a new innovation: the much-hyped Internet of Things—the linking of machines and objects to digital networks. Sensors, tags, and other connected gadgets mean that the physical world can now be digitized, monitored, measured, and optimized. As with computers before, the possibilities seem endless, the predictions have been extravagant—and the data have yet to show a surge in productivity, write James Manyika and Martin Neil Bailey in Project Syndicate.more

article | Fortune

By 2025, Internet of things applications could have $11 trillion impact

July 22, 2015—Companies have a great deal to gain from the Internet of things.The business leaders who tackle the obstacles to implementing these systems and invest in new capabilities early stand to gain the most from building competitive advantages, write James Manyika and Michael Chui in Fortune.more

article | The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

The obesity crisis

July 5, 2015—Obesity has become one of our major global economic problems. Many people may be surprised to learn that obesity is jostling with armed conflict and smoking as a human activity with the greatest negative impact on the global economy, write Richard Dobbs and James Manyika in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.more

article | Project Syndicate

The missing arrow of abenomics

May 15, 2015—Japan’s productivity slump permeates the entire economy; labor and capital productivity gains have nearly stalled in almost every sector. Japan’s ability to alter its trajectory depends on individual companies making decisions to invest, change workplace policies, deploy new technologies, and test untried business models, write Seki Obata and Georges Desvaux on Project Syndicate.more

article | Financial Times

Middleweight cities to animate global growth

May 21, 2015—We are currently living through the biggest mass migration from countryside to cities in human history. The global population of cities is growing by 65m people annually—that’s the equivalent of 7 Chicagos a year, every year. Between now and 2025, we calculate that 440 cities in developing countries will generate nearly half of global GDP growth writes Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and Jonathan Woetzel in Financial times.more

article | Fortune

How US companies can fill the skills gap

May 12, 2015—The jobs the nation has been creating in the past two years are very different in nature from the ones that were lost following the 2008 financial crisis.more

article | Foreign Affairs

Tokyo drift: How Japan can turn its aging workforce into an advantage

May 4, 2015—Japan is on a trajectory toward another decade of anemic growth and intensifying fiscal pressures. With its workforce shrinking, Japan must simultaneously boost productivity and labor force participation through creative adaptations for older workers and an increased focus on robotics in the workforce.more

article | Project Syndicate

The growth conundrum

March 31, 2015—Rapid economic growth has placed enormous pressure on the environment. As demographic tailwinds turn into headwinds, and environmental challenges become ever more apparent, businesses and governments need to think carefully about how to improve resource efficiency while fostering more inclusive economic growth, write Laura Tyson and Jonathan Woetzel on Project Syndicate.more

video | YouTube

Reducing the risk of the debt crisis

MGI’s Susan Lund and Richard Dobbs speak about topics related to one of their latest publications, “Debt and (not much) deleveraging.”

video | CNBCCNBC Interview - Richard Dobbs

Asia's urbanization challenge

MGI director Richard Dobbs and other experts discuss how city planners are rising to the urbanization challenge on CNBC Asia.