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Article - Mint

Businesses must make net-zero plans to go with our climate goals

– Companies that prepare for the opportunities and risks that India’s net-zero transition entails will raise their odds of thriving, write Rajat Gupta and Suvojoy Sengupta in Mint.
Article - VoxEU

Measuring business: Accounting for companies' value creation and societal impact

There is ongoing debate over how to judge a company's performance beyond profits alone. In this column for VoxEU, Hans-Helmut Kotz, Michael Birshan, and Kevin Russell devise a way of accounting for who benefits from a company's value creation and why. The authors identify eight pathways through which economic value from corporations flows to households and the economy, and how these have evolved over the past 25 years. The analysis also suggests a growing disparity between types of companies in terms of their impacts on the eight pathways.
Article - Project Syndicate

The anatomy of the net-zero transition

– Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 – and thus limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – implies profound economic and societal shifts. A successful transition would have six key characteristics, writes Mekala Krishnan in Project Syndicate.
Article - Fortune

Climate change: What we will need to spend, and what we will need to change, to reach net zero

– Solving a fundamentally global, borderless problem requires an unprecedented level of global collaboration, write Hamid Samandari and Mekala Krishnan in Fortune.
Article - Nikkei Asia

Asia-Pacific should use its increasing wealth more productively

– More investment in intangible assets will help recalibrate the region's economy, write Jonathan Woetzel and Joydeep Sengupta in Nikkei Asia. 
Article - The Business Times

What it will cost to get to net-zero

– In economic and social terms, Gautam Kumra and Jonathan Woetzel explain how achieving this goal will impact everyone globally in The Business Times. 
Article - Fortune

7 questions can help CEOs set the stage for sustainable and inclusive growth

As the world stands at the start of 2022, consider this: Economic growth, if pursued sustainably and inclusively, could be a force for societal good, write Asutosh Padhi, Sven Smit, and Anu Madgavkar in Fortune. 
Article - Barron's

Global Wealth Has Exploded. Are We Using It Wisely?

The world is richer than it has ever been, but the way in which we create wealth has changed. Should we be using our wealth more productively? Jonathan Woetzel, Anu Madgavkar and Jan Mischke highlight their research findings in Barron's. 
Article - China Daily

Bold ventures - China has the wealth to make investments to strengthen the social contract, address climate change and stimulate greater economic vitality

– The world's wealth has increased vastly over the past two decades-and nowhere as much as in China. Its share of global net worth was the highest among 10 countries included in MGI’s The Rise and Rise of the Global Balance Sheet report that explores the vitality of the global economy via its balance sheet, write Jonathan Woetzel and Jan Mischke in China Daily.
Article - Project Syndicate

The Rise of Intangible Capitalism

– The digitized, dematerialized, knowledge-based economy is already here and spreading, and offers huge potential value. The challenge for firms and policymakers is to manage the transition in a way that benefits the many and not just the few, write Eric Hazan, Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake in Project Syndicate. 
Article - Brookings

Asia’s consumer map is being redrawn

– Asia is the world’s consumption growth engine—miss Asia and you could miss half the global picture, a $10 trillion consumption growth opportunity over the next decade, write Jeongmin Seong and Tiago Devaso in Brookings Future Development blog.
Article - Bangkok Post

The emergence of new consumer segments and implications for companies in Asia and Thailand

– New research by McKinsey Global Institute finds that consumption in Thailand could grow sharply from US$120 billion a year to US$410 billion over the next decade.
Article - China Daily

China’s consumption story steadily evolving

– China’s consumption story is evolving. Rising incomes still matter, but the primary feature of the next decade may very well be the impact of sweeping demographic and social change that is coinciding with the rapid march of technology. To find the consumers who will drive China’s growth, you need to look at very different groups of individuals. So who are the consumers who are key to growth? Jonathan Woetzel and Jeongmin Seong highlight five consumer shifts that matter.
Article - World Economic Forum

Fostering sustainable development through open data for finance

– Digital finance has many aspects that can improve the workings of emerging economies and further the cause of sustainable development. Open data for finance, where financial data is shared digitally among financial institutions with limited effort or manipulation, is a powerful tool to that end, write Anu Madgavkar and Olivia White.
Article - Barron’s

Shortages of everyday products have become the new normal. Why they won’t end soon.

– Just when consumers think it’s safe to draw down their pandemic reserve of toilet paper, many are finding stockouts and price increases on other products. Unexpected price increases on a wide range of products raise questions about when consumer product markets will return to normal. Authors Jaana Remes and Sajal Kohli highlight new McKinsey Global Institute analysis indicating that the pandemic interrupted a long-term rising trend in the share of services in household consumption, triggering an unexpected spike in demand for products. This may not change anytime soon.
Article - Project Syndicate

The Promise of Open Financial Data

– Establishing and expanding digital financial data-sharing systems presents complex technical and regulatory challenges. But secure and trusted schemes also offer a large potential upside for consumers, financial institutions, and the economy.
Article - OECD Forum

Open data for finance as an emerging source of GDP growth

– This article is part of a series in which OECD experts and thought leaders — from around the world and all parts of society — address the COVID-19 crisis, discussing and developing solutions now and for the future. Aiming to foster the fruitful exchange of expertise and perspectives across fields to help us rise to this critical challenge, opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the OECD.
Article - The Korea Times

Going it alone: The rise of Asia's solo economy

– Asian consumers are expected to account for half of global consumption growth in the next decade, offering a $10 trillion opportunity. However, the increasing spending power of the region's consumers is not only a story of scale, but also one of diversity and shifting preferences and behaviors caused by powerful demographic, social and economic forces.
Article - Harvard Business Review

Closing the job mobility gap between black and white americans

– Today, Black Americans face stubborn gaps between their economic position and that of white people. Research estimates a $220 billion annual wage disparity versus a parity scenario, with Black workers currently concentrated in low-wage jobs, underrepresented in higher-paying occupations, and paid less than white workers on average within the same occupational categories, especially in managerial and leadership roles. Two initiatives could make a big difference: unblocking pipelines into higher-paying professions and creating pathways to better careers from lower-paying occupations. The authors describe how business leaders can do this to promote Black economic mobility.
Article - World Economic Forum

How defining intangible investments can help grow the knowledge economy

– The definition of intangible assets needs updating to include the knowledge and skills that underpin them. New research shows that companies who invested in these assets are unlocking higher levels of growth. Policymakers can enable economic recovery by helping to define these assets, and by investing in skills and education.
Article - Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Building national supply chain resilience

– The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of global supply chains and highlighted the public health and national security implications of supply chain vulnerability. Policy reactions have focused on limiting exports and encouraging domestic production. But building supply chain resilience will require a more rigorous assessment of risk and a strategic set of policy actions.
Article - Project Syndicate

The stickiness of pandemic-driven economic behavior

– The behavioral changes that persist after the pandemic will offer new business opportunities for firms that carefully assess consumer, industry, and regulatory trends. And policymakers can help the world to boost productivity by extending and improving digital infrastructure and ensuring universal access to it.
Article - CNN Business

Here’s how to propel 2 million Black Americans to the middle class

– Eliminating racial barriers for Black Americans could initiate a wave of growth, dynamism and productivity, write Shelley Stewart and Michael Chui in CNN Business.
Article - Market Watch

This is the COVID consumer trend most likely to stick beyond the pandemic

– To determine how enduring pandemic-spurred shifts may be, we examined a wide array of behaviors across five countries – China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States — using a “stickiness” test that takes into account the preferences of consumers and workers as well as the actions of companies, write Jaana Remes and Anu Madgavkar in Market Watch.
Article - Harvard Business Review

Lessons on resilience for small and midsize businesses

– Despite unprecedented challenges, many small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) around the world have shown remarkable resilience and capacity to reinvent themselves, write Tera Allas, Michael Birshan, Anthony Impey, Charlie Mayfield, Jan Mischke, and Jonathan Woetzel in Harvard Business Review.
Article - OECD Forum

Five priorities to support economies after the COVID-19 crisis

– This article is part of a series in which OECD experts and thought leaders — from around the world and all parts of society — address the COVID-19 crisis, discussing and developing solutions now and for the future. Aiming to foster the fruitful exchange of expertise and perspectives across fields to help us rise to this critical challenge, opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the OECD.
Article - The Korea Times

McKinsey advises Korean firms to embrace net-zero economy

– Time is running out for Korea's business leaders who don't have a climate strategy, writes Jonathan Woetzel in The Korea Times.
Article - Market Watch

This is a now or never moment to make US manufacturing more competitive

– There’s a brief window to reduce American dependence on fragile, overseas supply chains for critical products in areas like healthcare, tech and defense—and create new jobs to power the American economy, writes Katy George in Market Watch.
Article - Industry Today

Why now is the time to revitalize US manufacturing

– As US factories are struggling to keep up with demand, it’s a now or never moment to make domestic manufacturing more competitive, write Katy George and Eric Chewning in Industry Today.
Article - World Economic Forum

In charts: how economic sentiment has changed during COVID-19

– In McKinsey's latest Global Survey on the economy, executives' views are more positive than they were in March. Globally 73% of respondents believe that conditions in the world economy will improve in the next six months. The share of executives expecting worsening conditions has shrunk by over a half in the past three months.
Article - World Economic Forum

Two key conditions for a post-pandemic economic recovery

– The future of productivity and economic growth in the US and Europe is uncertain. A trio of economists has reviewed evidence from eight economic sectors to lay out the key conditions for sustained recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. They conclude that the weak productivity growth that followed the Global Crisis can be averted if two conditions are met.
Article - Project Syndicate

The varieties of consumer revival

– As the greatest economic disruption of this generation, the COVID-19 pandemic also will have a lasting impact – one that may be more varied and divergent than ever before, write Jaana Remes and Sajal Kohli in Project Syndicate.
Article - VoxEU

Pathways for productivity and growth after the COVID-19 crisis

– The future of productivity and economic growth in the US and Europe is uncertain. This column reviews evidence from eight economic sectors to lay out the key conditions for sustained recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. It suggests that the weak productivity growth that followed the Global Crisis can be averted if private and public sectors act together to strengthen demand and diffuse supply-side restructuring to all firms. 
Article - Project Syndicate

Productivity after the pandemic

– The danger now is that the pandemic-era acceleration of automation and digitalization impedes growth in labor income and consumption, write Laura Tyson and Jan Mischke in Project Syndicate.
Article - Milken Institute Review

The necessity of doing well by doing good

– Serving the interests of stakeholders, employees, communities and the broader public is not necessarily at odds with the imperative of profit, write Jan Mischke, Jonathan Woetzel, and Michael Birshan in Milken Institute Review.
Article - Brookings

What will the consumer demand recovery from COVID-19 look like

– The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented worldwide consumption decline and dramatically changed consumer behavior almost overnight. But what happens once the pandemic is over? Does everything simply return to “normal,” much like flipping a switch?
Article - Los Angeles Times

How COVID-19 will change the low-wage labor market permanently

– A sustained recovery to an economy with full employment and ample “good jobs” will require a significant reallocation of workers from the low-wage, low-skill positions that have been eliminated to new ones requiring higher skills and more training, write Laura Tyson and Susan Lund in Los Angeles Times.
Article - Project Syndicate

How to spend $12 trillion

– Although some government pandemic-support programs have combined ambitious design with effective delivery, many fall short in one or both areas, write Anu Madgavkar and Olivia White in Project Syndicate.
Article - Fortune

COVID-19 has driven millions of women out of the workforce. Here's how to help them come back

– While the U.S. economy is looking up as growth rates improve and another stimulus package is being explored, hope for a return to pre-pandemic levels of employment for women is still distant. Recent projections based on economic scenarios modeled by McKinsey and Oxford Economics estimate that employment for women may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024—two full years after a recovery for men.
Article - Project Syndicate

The promise and peril of the Bio Revolution

– Only by working together can governments, scientists, businesses, and the public unleash the power of biology for good while effectively managing the risks, write Matthias Evers and Michael Chui in Project Syndicate.
Blog Post

The COVID-19 crisis has revitalized the social contract. For how long?

– Massive government intervention in 2020 has effectively revived the social contract, at least for now. But such large-scale spending over the past year is likely not sustainable in the long term.
Article - China Daily

Transforming world's largest workforce into lifelong learners

– Skills development must be available to everyone everywhere throughout their lives
Article - Foreign Affairs

COVID-19 Could Undo Decades of Women’s Progress: How to Counter the Pandemic’s Gender-Regressive Shock

– How to Counter the Pandemic’s Gender-Regressive Shock
Article - Project Syndicate

Long live the Bio-Revolution

– The COVID-19 pandemic has increased threats to food security around the world, underscoring the need for innovation to make agriculture and aquaculture more resilient and efficient, write Michael Chui and Matthias Evers in Project Syndicate.
Article - Project Syndicate

What is driving Asia's technological rise?

– Asia’s rapid emergence as a global technological leader over the last decade is a testament to the power of collaboration, write Jonathan Woetzel and Jeongmin Seong in Project Syndicate.