Our Research

The McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility’s mission is to help private-, public-, and social-sector leaders take coordinated action to accelerate Black economic development by providing in-depth research, convening with stakeholders, and translating research into practical assets and capabilities to create real-world impact.

Our research methodology

The McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility holds itself to a high standard as it develops independent, objective research to support recommendations that can improve racial and economic inequities in communities around the world. In our process, we draw upon data from a wide range of sources and leverage research from leading academic institutions, think tanks, and global institutions—in addition to our unique McKinsey assets to produce new knowledge for the field.
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Black representation in film and TV: The challenges and impact of increasing diversity

– New research reveals the barriers that Black talent in the film and TV industry faces, the economic fallout, and solutions for creating a more inclusive, equitable workplace.
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Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

– Advancing racial equity in the workplace is a system-level challenge—ranging from the structural inequities of geography to underrepresentation in industries and jobs that could create additional opportunity to the behaviors of the workplace itself.
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America 2021: The opportunity to advance racial equity

– To America’s leaders, innovators, and changemakers: the task of building a more perfect society needs your help.
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The diversity imperative in retail

– Consumers are expecting more from brands than ever before, and the cost is high for retailers that don’t take action on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
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It’s time for a new approach to racial equity

– Despite decades of efforts by public-, private-, and social-sector organizations, racial inequity has only increased. Can a concerted, coordinated effort reverse this trend?
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Building supportive ecosystems for Black-owned US businesses

– The right business ecosystems can mitigate or negate the effects of structural obstacles to business building for Black business owners—and add $290 billion in business equity.
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Problems amid progress: Improving lives and livelihoods for ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom

– Britain has made progress on advancing ethnic equality. But minorities are still disadvantaged in many ways, and some groups are particularly vulnerable to economic shocks.
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Racial equity in financial services

– The financial services talent pipeline shows a lack of representation of people of color, most acutely at senior levels. Changes in three key areas can help companies make progress.
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Insights on racial and ethnic health inequity in the context of COVID-19

– McKinsey’s Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare shares insights on underlying health inequities that contribute to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and vulnerable populations.
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How COVID-19 has impacted Black-white financial inequality

– COVID-19 has disrupted everything from economic markets to personal finances, but not everyone feels its effects equally.
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COVID-19’s effect on minority-owned small businesses in the United States

– Already vulnerable, minority-owned small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here’s how to help.
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COVID-19: Investing in Black lives and livelihoods

– The unfolding public-health and possible economic disaster of the pandemic will disproportionately affect Black Americans—unless stakeholders respond immediately.
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The case for accelerating financial inclusion in black communities

– A lack of financial inclusion for black Americans exists at every level of the financial system. Understanding the sources of exclusion is the first step to fixing the system.
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The future of work in black America

– Research shows that automation trends may be widening the racial wealth gap. This article reveals possible interventions that may help African American workers prepare for the future.
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The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

– The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on Black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.
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Automation and the future of the African American workforce

– Without concerted effort, automation could heighten disparities that already harm minority workers.

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Introducing the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility

– Today our firm launches a think tank dedicated to advancing racial equity and inclusive growth to safeguard the lives of Black people around the world.

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