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Tilman Tacke

McKinsey Global Institute PartnerMunich

Cares about economic growth that benefits people

Tilman Tacke is an economist and partner at our Munich office and at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). Since joining McKinsey & Company in 2004, he has advised governments, development agencies, and foundations on matters related to economic growth, employment and investment attraction. Through working with the governments of some of the poorest as well as some of the richest economies in the world, Tilman has developed a perspective on the economy as a system and differing institutional setups to govern economic activity.

Tilman joined the McKinsey Global Institute in 2018 and leads its economic growth-related research, with a thematic focus on the economic aspects of the “social contract”, labor markets, and inequality as well as a regional focus on Europe. His recent work includes the analysis of trends across 1,100 regional labor markets in Europe and an assessment of changes to the social contract among developed economies since the beginning of the 21st century.

As a leader of McKinsey’s work in sports, Tilman also advises national football federations and European football clubs on topics related to economic and performance enhancement.

Tilman grew up in the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany.

Published work

A better life everyone can afford: Lifting a quarter billion people to economic empowerment,” McKinsey & Company, May 2024

Translating budgets into quality: European football’s value frontier,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

COVID-19 has revived the social contract in advanced economies—for now. What will stick once the crisis abates?” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2020

The value pitch: The importance of team value management,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

The future of work in Europe” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2020

The Covid-19 crisis: Exposing underlying vulnerabilities in social contractsVOX EU, April 2020

The social contract in the 21st century: Outcomes so far for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies” McKinsey Global Institute, 2020

Inequality: A persisting challenge and its implications” McKinsey Global Institute, 2019

Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power” McKinsey Global Institute, 2019

Testing the Resilience of Europe’s Inclusive Growth Model” McKinsey Global Institute, 2018

Investing in growth: Europe's next challenge" McKinsey Global Institute, 2012

Wachstumsmotor Bundesliga – Die ökonomische Bedeutung des professionellen Fußballs in Deutschland“ McKinsey & Company, 2015


University of Rome Tor Vergata
PhD, international economics