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Jan Mischke

McKinsey Global Institute PartnerZurich

Leads MGI’s research on Europe as well as on investment, infrastructure and housing from a global standpoint

Dr. Jan Mischke is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Zurich. Since 2010, he has led MGI’s research in Europe, and its global work on investment; infrastructure, construction, and real estate; and competitiveness and growth. In addition to in-depth regional analyses, he has led global efforts on infrastructure and how gaps can be bridged, solving affordable housing challenges, reinventing the construction industry, driving productivity, and viewing the world through an investment and balance sheet lens. Jan is a frequent speaker on these topics as well as on broader global trends.

Prior to joining MGI, Jan worked as a consultant with McKinsey for 10 years. He served clients in 12 countries in a wide range of industries, including automotive, financial services, high tech, logistics, media, and telecommunication.

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Future proofing employees,” Monocle, November 2018

Published work

The future of wealth and growth hangs in the balance, McKinsey Global Institute, May 2023

Global balance sheet 2022: Enter volatility,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2022

Securing Europe’s competitiveness: Addressing its technology gap,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2022

Securing Europe’s future beyond energy: Addressing its corporate and technology gap,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2022

The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2021

Lessons on resilience for small and midsize businesses,” Harvard Business Review, June 2021

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

Pathways for productivity and growth after the COVID-19 crisis,” VOX EU, May 2021

Productivity after the pandemic,” Project Syndicate, April 2021

The necessity of doing well by doing good,” The Milken Institute Review, April 2021

Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2021

The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world's largest ecosystem,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

How construction can emerge stronger after coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Reviving innovation in Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2019

The declining labour share of income: Accounting for the main factors from a meso perspective,” VoxEU, July 2019 

Modular construction: From projects to products,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

A new look at the declining labor share of income in the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2019

Reinforcing Switzerland’s attractiveness to multinational companies,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Testing the resilience of Europe’s inclusive growth model,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2018

The future of work: Switzerland’s digital opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2018

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2018

Europe’s refugees: Refocusing on integration,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2018

Strong aggregate demand: Critical for reaping benefits of digitisation,” VoxEU, March 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

Europe's economy: Three pathways to rebuilding trust and sustaining momentum,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2018

Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2017

Housing affordability: A supply-side tool kit for cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2017

Stimulating digital adoption in Germany,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2017

Looking beyond finance,” The Business Times of Singapore, May 2017

The brightening mood of European business—and what it means for investment,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2017

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

How to make every dollar of infrastructure investment go further,” Harvard Business Review, March 2017

The construction industry has a productivity problem - and here's how to solve it,” MarketWatch, March 2017

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

Exploding myths about the gig economy,” Vox, November, 2016

Closing California’s housing gap,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2016

Bridging global infrastructure gaps,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2016

Secular stagnation and low investment: Breaking the vicious cycle—a discussion paper,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

Moving Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2015

The infrastructure conundrum: Improving productivity,” McKinsey & Company, July 2015

A window of opportunity for Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2015

The World’s Housing Crisis Doesn’t Need a Revolutionary SolutionHarvard Business Review, December 2014

A dose of innovation to ease infrastructure strains?” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2014

Beyond Korean style: Shaping a new growth formula,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2013

Fixing the World’s Infrastructure ProblemsHarvard Business Review, April 2013

Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2013

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

French employment 2020: Five priorities for action,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2012

Trading myths: Addressing misconceptions about trade, jobs, and competitiveness,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2012

European growth and renewal: The path from crisis to recovery,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2011

Beyond austerity: A path to growth and renewal in Europe,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2010


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich
PhD (Dr. sc.)

RWTH Aachen University
MSc, electrical and electronic engineering