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Jan Mischke

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

About Jan

Dr. Jan Mischke is a Partner at the Global Institute (MGI),’s business and economics research arm, based in Zurich. He joined MGI in 2010 to lead its work on competitiveness and growth in Europe, and on infrastructure broadly defined on a global basis. In addition to in-depth analyses of more than 10 countries and a series of reports on Europe, he has led global efforts on affordable housing, infrastructure, and manufacturing. Jan is a frequent speaker on those topics as well as on broader global trends. He has been a long-term member of the B20 taskforce on infrastructure.

Prior to joining MGI, Jan worked for 10 years as a consultant and associate partner with During that time, he gained broad exposure to the European market landscape. He served clients in 12 European countries in a broad range of industries, including telecoms, logistics, high tech, automotive, media, and financial services.

Video and broadcast

“, we see potential productivity growth,” CNN Money Switzerland, March 2018

“Future proofing employees,” Monocle, November 2018

Selected published work

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stimulating digital adoption in Germany,” 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,” Global Institute, May 2017

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

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

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

Bridging global infrastructure gaps,” Global Institute, June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

RWTH Aachen University
MSc, electrical and electronic engineering