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Jaana Remes

MGI Partner, San Francisco
Leads research on productivity, competitiveness, urbanization and manufacturing

About Jaana

Jaana is an economist and a partner at the Global Institute (MGI),'s business and economics research arm. Since 2003, she has led MGI’s research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her latest research maps the deployment of smart city solutions and sizes the potential benefits to urban citizens’ health, safety, commute times, and other factors affecting quality of life. 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 mapping cities’ economic power, identifying global consumer groups shaping global demand, and examining 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.

Video & Audio

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

Productivity as a critical growth factor, & 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?, & Company, January 2015

Selected published work

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

Smarter cities are resilient cities,” & 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,” Global Institute, June 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” 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,” Global Institute, April 2017

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth,” 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,” 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?,” Global Institute, June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stanford University
PhD in applied economics

University of Helsinki, Finland
MA in economics and philosophy