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

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 | 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 | 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 | Project Syndicate

The other Nigeria

July 17, 2014—With roughly 170 million inhabitants, Nigeria has Africa’s largest population. But it has only recently been acknowledged as having the continent’s largest economy. Over the next 15 years, Nigeria has the potential to become a major global economy, write Paul Collier and Acha Leke in Project Syndicate.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

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 | The Huffington Post

Five myths about India's poverty

June 2, 2014—A new benchmark called the Empowerment Line, developed by the McKinsey Global Institute, aims to create a new and more holistic policy framework for poverty reduction. It calculates the cost for an Indian household to attain the basics and then compares these benchmarks to actual consumption data to measure needs that are going unmet. The results debunk a number of misconceptions about the nature of poverty in India, write Richard Dobbs and Anu Madgavkar in The Huffington Post.more

article | Americas Quarterly

Brazil and trade: Brazil’s ambivalent welcome to the world

June 1, 2014—Just a few years ago, Brazil was brimming with optimism. Rising global demand for resources led to an export and consumption boom. Today economic growth has ground to a halt. Brazil can accelerate productivity growth by opening up its economy to the pressures of international competition, write Jaana Remes and Patricia Ellen in Americas Quarterly.more

article | Brasil Post

Abertura para a copa do mundo, mas não para o mundo

June 30, 2014—The Brazilian economy remains relatively detached from the rest of the world—and the opportunities for growth that other countries are realizing in a more interconnected global economy. As new markets open, Brazil has a crucial opportunity to weigh the state of its connections with the global economy, write Patricia Ellen and Jaana Remes in the Brasil Post (in Portuguese).more

article | Project Syndicate

Brazil’s own goals

June 10, 2014—As Brazil steps into the international spotlight, it maintains considerable barriers to the global economy, damaging its prospects for future growth and prosperity. In a world that is constantly becoming more interconnected, Brazil risks being left behind, write Jaana Remes and Matt Slaughter in Project Syndicate.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