About Jaana

Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.

Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research looks at productivity and global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline. Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that has examined the shifting economic power of cities, the rising urban consuming class, the global company landscape, and shifting urban demographics, as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Her long-term research interests also include analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; and in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea. 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 advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. She is a member of OECD’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate’s advisory group and a nonresident senior fellow at both the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council.

Video & Audio

Productivity and growth in the digital age, Aaron Renn Podcast, December 2017

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

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