Solving the productivity puzzle

Solving the productivity puzzle

We shed light on the recent slowdown in labor-productivity growth in the United States and Western Europe and outline prospects for future growth.

Understanding the evolution of the global economy


The Global Institute (MGI) has been named the number one private-sector think tank in the world in the published on January 31, 2018 by the Think Tank and Civil Society Program at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. This is the third year in a row that MGI has been awarded this top spot in the global ranking.


Solving the productivity puzzle

– New research uncovers how three waves collided to create historically low productivity growth but finds the potential for it to recover to 2 percent or more.

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

– In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.

Discussion papers and briefings


Digital China: Powering the economy to global competitiveness

– China, already a global force in digital technologies, is set to experience huge shifts in revenue and profits as businesses digitize, boosting the economy’s international competitiveness.

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing

– The erosion of US manufacturing isn’t a foregone conclusion. The decade ahead—with increased demand, new technology, and value chain optimization—will give the sector a chance to turn around.

The new dynamics of financial globalization

– Cross-border capital flows have fallen 65 percent since the financial crisis as global banks retrenched, but a more stable form of financial globalization is emerging.


Jacques Bughin

MGI Director and Senior Partner, Brussels

James Manyika

Chairman and Director, Global Institute, and Senior Partner, San Francisco

Jonathan Woetzel

MGI Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai

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The New World of Work Podcast

The Global Institute explores how technologies like automation and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills and education we need to work.

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Reports issued by the Global Institute are often cited in international media, and MGI authors frequently contribute to leading business publications.
Article - Australian Financial Review

China faces a choice: Modernise or risk a very hard landing

– China's investment-led growth model has served it extraordinarily well, setting it on course to become one of the world's advanced... economies. Yet the strains associated with that approach have become evident, writes Jonathan Woetzel in Australian Financial Review.
Article - Harvard Business Review

The false choice between automation and jobs

– Automation will give the global economy a much-needed productivity boost, even as it enables us to tackle societal “moonshots”... such as curing disease or contributing solutions to the climate change challenge. The catch is that adopting these technologies will disrupt the world of work, write James Manyika and Michael Spence in Harvard Business Review.

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