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An affordable, reliable, competitive path to net zero

– A successful net-zero transition will require achieving not one objective but four. We offer a guide to getting it right.

Global trade explorer

– To navigate a more complex and challenging era requires deeper understanding of the full picture of the evolution of global trade flows and the interdependencies and networks created by them.

Asia on the cusp of a new era

– Asia will be the furnace in which a new era is forged—and may experience heightened versions of global challenges.

From poverty to empowerment: Raising the bar for sustainable and inclusive growth

– What would it take to raise minimum living standards and get on a net-zero path in this decade? Our research explores twin ambitions for people and the planet.


Empty spaces and hybrid places: The pandemic’s lasting impact on real estate

– Real estate in the world’s superstar cities has not kept up with shifts in behavior caused by the pandemic. The cities’ vibrancy is at risk, and they will have to adapt.

The economic potential of generative AI: The next productivity frontier

– Generative AI is poised to unleash the next wave of productivity. We take a first look at where business value could accrue and the potential impacts on the workforce.

Reimagining economic growth in Africa: Turning diversity into opportunity

– Africa’s economy downshifted over the last decade, yet half of its people live in countries that have thrived on the continent. Africa has the human capital and natural resources to accelerate productivity and reimagine its economic growth, which is, more than ever, vital for the welfare of the world.

The future of wealth and growth hangs in the balance

– The past two decades have generated $160 trillion in paper wealth but sluggish growth and rising inequality. What comes next?

Rekindling US productivity for a new era

– Regaining historical rates of productivity growth would add $10 trillion to US GDP—a boost needed to confront workforce shortages, debt, inflation, and the energy transition.

Performance through people: Transforming human capital into competitive advantage

– A dual focus on developing people and managing them well gives a select group of companies a long-term performance edge.

The complication of concentration in global trade

– Concentration in the origins of traded products is widespread, prompting questions about whether to diversify or decouple.

Pixels of Progress: A granular look at human development around the world

– Our world is big and complex, but human progress is still about life on the ground, up close and in detail.

Global flows: The ties that bind in an interconnected world

– Economic and political turbulence have prompted speculation that the world is already deglobalizing. But the evidence suggests that global integration is here to stay, albeit with nuance.

On the cusp of a new era?

– Current economic and political turbulence could presage the start of a new era that is structurally very different with a new narrative of progress.

Human capital at work: The value of experience

– Human capital represents two-thirds of wealth for the average individual—and work experience contributes almost half of that value.

The net-zero transition: What it would cost, what it could bring

– This McKinsey report offers a detailed look at the economic and societal impact of the transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Chris Bradley

McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Sydney

Kweilin Ellingrud

McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Minneapolis

Marco Piccitto

Managing Partner, Mediterranean office, and McKinsey Global Institute Director, Milan

Sven Smit

Senior Partner, Amsterdam

Olivia White

McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Bay Area

Jonathan Woetzel

McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai

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Article - Devex

How can we both empower people and protect the planet?

– Countries and companies worldwide have made commitments to get to net zero. But there’s another challenge of equal scale... that demands the same urgency: addressing poverty in a decisive way. These goals are linked and have to be tackled in tandem, write Anu Madgavkar and Lola Woetzel in Devex.
Article - Brookings

Raising living standards and getting to net zero: Pulling off two generational transformations

– The world is grappling with not one, but two existential challenges. On the one hand, it is urgent to raise minimum living standards... and meet the aspirations of billions of people around the world who struggle to afford the full range of basic needs. On the other hand, equally important, is the imperative to protect the planet from the worst consequences of climate change. The extent to which we make concerted progress on both fronts in this decade will shape the course of the world for generations to come writes Anu Madgavkar in Brookings.

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