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Productivity, Competitiveness, and Growth

How and why economic output is changing for industries, sectors, and regions.

Labor Markets

The changing nature of work and its impact on companies, workers, wages, and well-being.

Financial Markets

Understanding how the global flow of money continues to evolve.

Urbanization and infrastructure

The built environment and its impact on people, businesses, and places.

Technology and Innovation

The role new tech plays in driving growth, shaping the economy, and affecting society.

Natural Resources

Examining climate change risk, natural capital, and commodity market trends.

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Forward Thinking on the transformative role of intangible assets in companies and economies with Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

– “William Blake talked about the dark Satanic mills, these inhuman pieces of tangible capital. Intangible capital is in some... ways about what makes us human. It’s about ideas, and it’s about relationships. It’s about expressiveness. Some people may ask whether we should we be making that the basis of the economy. But we would argue that this is actually making those things that matter to us as humans more central to our thriving.”
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Forward Thinking on globalization and the evolving role of corporate leadership in the 21st century with Matthew Slaughter

– A leading economist and business school dean reflects on globalization, concluding that “we’ve learned people want... to know policies will matter for them”, and that “a lot of us underestimated the possible magnitude of distribution pressures from freer trade and immigration and flows of capital.”
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2021 turning point: Reinvention and opportunity in the economy of the future

– The pandemic has reset the ways we live, work, and do business, accelerating some long-term shifts and setting new changes in... motion. In 2021, the McKinsey Global Institute took stock of how the economy is transforming—and the new opportunities now at hand.
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Forward Thinking on the enduring power of engineering in a digitizing world with Hayaatun Sillem

– The first female CEO of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering reflects on the evolving role of engineering in... a dematerializing world, its vital role in science and sustainability—and collaborating with a Formula One world champion.
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Forward Thinking on making labor markets work smarter—for people and companies—with Beth Cobert and Byron Auguste

– Two US leaders focused on developing a more skills-based labor market explore ways to broaden opportunity for workers while helping... companies plug talent gaps.
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The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?

– Net worth has tripled since 2000, but the increase mainly reflects valuation gains in real assets, especially real estate, rather... than investment in productive assets that drive our economies.
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Forward Thinking on pandemic preparedness, climate risk, and Europe’s recovery with Guntram Wolff

– The director of one of Europe’s most influential think tanks reflects on how to better prepare for the next pandemic, and... turns his attention to the challenges of postpandemic economic recovery in an era of rising climate risk.
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Forward Thinking on economies beyond COVID-19 with Michael Spence

– A Nobel laureate explores postpandemic prospects, explaining why his cautious optimism about the economic recovery has been replaced... by concern related to the slow vaccine rollout in lower-income economies, fragile supply chains, and extreme weather events.
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From fighter pilot to robotics pioneer: An interview with Missy Cummings

– One of the US Navy’s first female fighter pilots, the engineering and robotics professor talks about the promise and peril... of automation in airplanes and cars, predicting a “very distinct shift away from replacing human reasoning to augmenting human reasoning.”
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Beyond income: Redrawing Asia’s consumer map

– Asia’s consumer markets are not only growing rapidly but diversifying and segmenting. Three changes in perspective are key... to understanding new consumption paths in the region.
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How Hamilton stayed alive during the pandemic: An interview with producer Jeffrey Seller

– “I’m looking at theater over the course of the next generation. And ensuring that theater is accessible to the many,... not just the few.”
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