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 | 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 global obesity threat

April 2, 2015—In 2010, humanity passed an important milestone. Obesity became a bigger public-health problem than hunger. This crisis is not just a pressing health concern; it is also a threat to the global economy, write Richard Dobbs and Boyd Swinburn on Project Syndicate.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

article | The Huffington Post

How productivity can save an aging world

March 18, 2015—Global economic growth is under threat because populations are aging, shrinking the size of the pool of people able to work. The only answer to the growth question in an era of dramatic demographic change is productivity growth.more

article | Financial Times

Mexico, destined to always underachieve?

March 11, 2015—Since the 1980s, both national and international observers have predicted time and again that economic growth in Mexico is just about to take off. But it hasn’t, and others have quickly gained ground and overtaken Mexico. In 1980, for instance, Mexico’s GDP per capita was almost double South Korea’s and 30 per cent higher than Taiwan’s. Today, South Korean per capita GDP is twice Mexico’s and Taiwan’s is almost three times as much. China, which had one-twelfth of Mexico’s GDP per capita in 1980 could surpass Mexico by 2018.more

article | Project Syndicate

Emerging economies’ demographic challenge

February 26, 2015—Population aging is often cited as a major economic challenge for the developed world. But shifting demographics pose an even greater threat to the growth prospects of many emerging economies, write Martin Neil Baily and Jaana Remes on Project Syndicate.more

article | Project Syndicate

Connectivity for all

January 23, 2015—Over the last decade, the number of new Internet users tripled. But, though a large majority of the world’s population remains offline, the pace of expansion has slowed sharply in recent years. Is the Internet revolution losing steam?more

article | LiveMint

Empowering teachers and trainers through technology

January 2, 2015—While technology is not a panacea there are excellent opportunities to harness digital technologies to make teachers more effective, writes Anu Madgavkar and Shirish Sankhe on

article | Harvard Business Review

The productivity challenge of an aging global workforce

January 20, 2015—Productivity and innovation need to be front and center of everything we do. If they are not, global prosperity is in jeopardy. Only sweeping change—and being smarter about growth—can meet the challenge of an aging world, writes James Manyika, Jaana Remes, and Richard Dobbs on Harvard Business Review.more

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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

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.