2017 in review


For more than 25 years, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has developed insights to help CEOs and policy makers understand the most complex issues affecting the global economy.

Our research has covered topics from automation and the future of work to the implications of the digital economy, including artificial intelligence (AI), and from the recovering European economy to the state of US manufacturing. We looked at hot-button issues such as the productivity puzzle, the state of globalization, pressing global gaps in infrastructure and affordable housing, creating gainful employment in India, and China's role in the world economy.  

Below you’ll find our major research reports, discussion papers, and briefing notes on nine MGI topics that are trending around the world and shaping the conversation, including key press articles, videos, infographics, data visualizations, and podcasts.

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MGI's 9 trending topics shaping the conversation

Automation & the future of work

What’s next in digital & AI

The productivity puzzle

Technology, demand & natural resources

Fixing housing & construction

Shifting globalization

Europe rising?

Make it in America

Global China, digital China

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In 2018

2018 plans

Productivity in a digital age

In 2018, our research will include a new examination of productivity growth in the digital age, building on a quarter of a century of research on productivity in more than 25 countries and 30 sectors.
2018 plans

Rise of the developing world's middle class

We will synthesize insights from our research on developing countries in a new report on the rise of their middle classes, exploring which sectors are likely to be the most attractive markets.
2018 plans

Global competition

Building on MGI’s previous work on multinational firms and global competition, we will explore whether, after 40 years of cross-border expansion and rapid income growth, large global companies have peaked as creators of economic value.
2018 plans

And more

We will also explore new research on China and the world; Latin America; India’s digital economy; a global index on digital diffusion; more on AI and disruptive technologies; the future of globalization; a single digital market in Europe; peak demand; and smart cities.

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