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 | 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

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

article | Project Syndicate

Closing India’s technology gap

December 17, 2014—It is a notable irony that India, which produces solutions to many of the knottiest information-technology problems faced by the world’s largest companies, has benefited little from technological progress. Fortunately for India’s citizens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi intends to change that, writes Raghunath A. Mashelkar and Anu Madgavkar on Project Syndicate.more

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 | Harvard Business Review

The world’s housing crisis doesn’t need a revolutionary solution

December 25, 2014—For decades, policy makers and private-sector leaders have tried to solve the affordable housing problem, yet it has only grown more severe and is on track to expand dramatically as urbanization plays out in developing economies. We believe that there is a plausible alternative, because there are clear solutions that—under proper management—can narrow the affordable housing gap substantially by 2025, writes Jonathan Woetzel, Jan Mischke, and Sangeeth Ram on Harvard Business Review.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.”

videoCNBC 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.more