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Jaana Remes

MGI Partner, Bay Area
Leads research on productivity, competitiveness, urbanization and health

About Jaana

Jaana is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. Since 2003, she has led MGI’s research on competitiveness, growth, health and urbanization. Her most recent research sizes the global economic and social benefits from rethinking health as an investment, not just a cost to manage. She has also led MGI’s research on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand and the opportunity to reduce energy consumption through higher energy productivity.

Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that includes sizing the impact of smart city solutions on citizens’ quality of life, mapping of economic power of cities, identifying global consumer groups shaping global demand, and mapping of the global company landscape; as well as the patterns of urban growth across the Americas. Her long-term research interests also include productivity prospects in the digital age, global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline, analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth, and in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including Brazil, Canada, Finland, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In addition to advising global business and government leaders on issues related to her areas of research, Jaana frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative of the Atlantic Council.

A minute with the McKinsey Global Institute
Health as an investment, not a cost

Video & Audio

What’s going on with shipping rates?, McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Prioritizing health to improve the economy, Bloomberg TV, July 2020

Productivity as a critical growth factor, McKinsey & Company, November 2017

GII 2015 – No ordinary disruption: Janna Remes, Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2016

Inspiring Ideas: No Ordinary Disruption, Global Infrastructure Initiative, November 2015

Global growth: Can we predict productivity?, McKinsey & Company, January 2015

Selected published work

This is the COVID consumer trend most likely to stick beyond the pandemic,” Market Watch, June 2021

How keeping health a priority is a prescription for European prosperity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2021

What's next for consumers, workers, and companies in the post-COVID-19 recovery,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2021

The varieties of consumer revival,” Project Syndicate, May 2021

The consumer demand recovery and lasting effects of COVID-19,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2021

Ten innovations that can improve global health,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Seizing the health opportunity,” Project Syndicate, July 2020

Poor health reduces global GDP by 15% each year,” Harvard Business Review, July 2020

Good health is good business. Here's why,” Fortune, July 2020

How prioritizing health could help rebuild economies,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Latin America's missing middles,” Project Syndicate, August 2019

Latin America's digital spring: work in progress,” Financial Times, August 2019

What more can Latin America do to reduce poverty,” Latin America Advisor, February 2019

Smarter cities are resilient cities,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

To tackle urban problems, city governments have to get smarter,” GovTech, July 2018

As cities go smart, vulnerable populations are pushed further to the margins,” Eco-Business, June 2018

Is your company ready for the rise of smart cities?,” Harvard Business Review, June 2018

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2018

The US economy is suffering from low demand,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2017

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2017

To keep stoking the world economy, cities must adapt to demographics,” The Globe and Mail, November 2016

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2016

Why China's cities will drive global growth,” Project Syndicate, September 2016

Can Latin America reignite growth by connecting with consumers?,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2016

Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2016

Where to look for global growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2014

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

How to make a city great,” McKinsey & Company, September 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2012

Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012

Urban America: US cities in the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2012

Sustaining Vietnam's growth: The productivity challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2012

Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin American growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2011

Urban world: Mapping the economic power of cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2011

US growth and renewal: Retooling America’s economic engine,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2011


Stanford University
PhD in applied economics

University of Helsinki, Finland
MA in economics and philosophy