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Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Restarting national economies during coronavirus, part two

Policy makers can save lives while gradually restarting the economy. Here’s how.

North America

Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places

– A clearer picture of the sectors, regions, and demographic groups at risk is emerging.
Article

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers

– Up to one-third of US jobs may be vulnerable—and more than 80 percent are held by low-income workers.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Affordable housing in Los Angeles: Delivering more—and doing it faster

– Addressing the housing shortage is an opportunity to reimagine Los Angeles.
Report

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.

Latin America

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power

– Digital could help the region reboot inclusive growth and regain lost ground.
Article

Unlocking the economic potential of Central America and the Caribbean

– The region has seen rapid growth over the past 15 years, but a number of trends could affect whether the economies continue to... grow.
Report

One aspiration, two realities: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

– Investing in the development of women and ensuring that they advance is crucial to the economic performance of the country and... its private-sector businesses.
Article

How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

– Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and... boost the country’s GDP by 7 to 15 percent.

Europe

Article

COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing jobs at risk and the impact on people and places

– Around 7.6 million jobs, or 24 percent of the UK workforce, are at risk because of COVID-19-related lockdowns. People and places... with the lowest incomes are the most vulnerable.
Article

Safeguarding Europe’s livelihoods: Mitigating the employment impact of COVID-19

– The COVID-19 pandemic has put tens of millions of jobs at risk. Examining the industries, occupations, and demographics most in... peril can help decision makers shape targeted and rapid responses.
Article

Europe needs to prepare now to get back to work—safely

– The next coronavirus challenge for European policy makers is to restore both lives and livelihoods.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Reviving innovation in Europe

– Innovation is of fundamental importance for Europe’s economic and social system. These five paths could build on its strengths... and help the continent regain its competitive edge.

Asia

Report

Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy

– Events expected to play out in the Chinese economy over the next several years have been compressed into a short few months.
Article

Reopening India: Implications for economic activity and workers

– Over the next many months, India’s economy will need to operate alongside COVID-19 by building the capability to manage... granular, dynamic, and localized lockdowns and restarts.
Article

Could the next normal emerge from Asia?

– The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the global economy. Asia, the first part of the world affected by the crisis, is leading... the way out of it.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization

– The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and, as its economies integrate further, it has... the potential to fuel and shape the next phase of globalization.

Middle East and Africa

Article

Finding Africa’s path: Shaping bold solutions to save lives and livelihoods in the COVID-19 crisis

– The impact of COVID-19 in Africa could be devastating—unless governments, development institutions, and the private sector act... with extraordinary speed and agility in the weeks ahead.
Article

Tackling COVID-19 in Africa

– An unfolding health and economic crisis that demands bold action
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa

– Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity... for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects.
Article

How Gulf companies can overcome the five biggest challenges to their digital transformation

– Although many businesses in the Gulf region are interested in digitization, few of them have moved aggressively enough. But there... is a clear way forward.