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

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2014’s Biggest, Wildest Ideas

December 10, 2014—Recapping the top stories from the past 12 months is the media’s favorite year-end pastime. Here’s what probably won’t get a lot of attention, but whose economic impact is denominated in hundreds of billions of dollars to trillions: a fattening world, robots and our future sci-fi existence.   Indeed, while focusing on individual events, however momentous, is popular, it tends to gloss over the seismic shifts that reshape the landscape. It’s the long-term technological and economic trends that matter, and from those come my purely personal and idiosyncratic list of things that changed the conversation in 2014, and signal even bigger transformations ahead, writes James Manyika on Ozy.commore

article | Foreign Affairs

Dragon Net: China’s next economic miracle

November 17, 2014—China’s digital transformation is just beginning, which means that over the next few years, the world’s second-largest economy will radically transform the way it does business, write Jonathan Woetzel and Jeongmin Seong in Foreign Affairs.more

article | Forbes

Shale Revolution: Opportunity to jump-start economic growth

November 19, 2014—Will the U.S. shale boom turn out to be a bust? The recent decline in oil prices has left some questioning whether it can be sustained. The shale revolution is not just a temporary blip. It’s a true game changer for the U.S. economy, write Scott Nyquist and Susan Lund in Forbes.more

article | Financial Times

View: China’s banks face disruption

November 20, 2014—Increasing online competition in the banking sector is shaking up traditionally staid business models around the world. But for Chinese banks—already struggling to adapt to liberalisation—this shift is turning out to be seismic, as the country’s institutions face a wave of competition from internet finance companies that is changing the industry landscape, write Jonathan Woetzel and Jeongmin Seong in Financial Times.more

article | Project Syndicate

New frontiers in affordable housing

November 14, 2014—Providing decent, affordable housing is a growing challenge in developing and developed economies alike. With demand far exceeding supply, the adverse effects—on mobility, productivity, and growth—are (or will be) increasingly apparent. Fortunately, there are ways to narrow the affordable-housing gap substantially, using mostly market-based approaches at the municipal level, write Charles S. Laven and Jonathan Woetzel in Project Syndicate.more

article | Project Syndicate

China’s Internet revolution

September 30, 2014—It is a story that has played out worldwide. Internet adoption reaches critical mass, changing how business is conducted and creating billion-dollar markets for digital goods and services—and causing massive “creative destruction.” It is now China’s turn to experience this phenomenon, write Jiang Qiping and Jonathan Woetzel in Project Syndicate.more

article | Foreign Policy

A summit of opportunity

August 4, 2014—Africa is no longer just a continent in need—indeed, it has become a place of opportunity. African economies offer a higher rate of return on foreign direct investment than most emerging economies. But the United States has largely missed out on the economic opportunities Africa offers. There’s an opportunity to change that, write James Manyika and Susan Lund in Foreign Policy. more

article | Financial Times

Digital era brings hyperscale challenges

August 13, 2014—Big companies that process billions of daily transactions pose problems for leaders and competitors, write James Manyika and Michael Chui in Financial Times.more

article | Forbes

Avoiding déjà vu in Mexico

July 16, 2014—Mexico faces an urgent need to do something about its productivity problem. What it needs today is a way to unleash the talent and energy that is bottled up in the traditional sector. It will take reforms—many of which are now in the pipeline—as well as some fundamental changes in business and regulatory practices, write Eduardo Bolio and Jaana Remes in Forbes.more

article | Forbes

Brazil’s ambivalent welcome to the world

June 18, 2014—Brazil appears to be at increasing risk of being left behind as global markets grow ever more interconnected. Its slowdown has been exacerbated by the country’s long history of insulating itself from the rest of the global economy through a complex system of trade barriers, industry subsidies, and high taxes. Brazil needs a new catalyst for growth if it hopes to score a comeback—and that catalyst could be found beyond its own borders, write Heinz-Peter Elstrodt and Jaana Remes in Forbes.more

Economist—The debtors merry-go-round

The Economist's interactive guide shows levels of debt as a % of GDP for a selection of rich countries and emerging markets, drawing on MGI data. View interactive on Economist.commore

“Africa is home to many of the world's biggest opportunities. The trick is deciding where and how to seize them.”
Harvard Business Review

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Asia's urbanization challenge

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