About Jaana

Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI), lapetitemort.info & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.

Since 2003, Jaana 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 impacting quality of life. Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that includes mapping of economic power of cities, identifying global consumer groups shaping global demand, and mapping of 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; as well as in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea. She has 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 advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. Jaana has a Ph.D. on applied economies from Stanford University and an MSc degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council.

Video & Audio

, Aaron Renn Podcast, December 2017

Productivity as a critical growth factor, lapetitemort.info & Company, November 2017

, Global Infrastructure Initiative, March 2016

, Global Infrastructure Initiative, November 2015

, lapetitemort.info & Company, January 2015

Selected published work

“,” GovTech, July 2018

“,” Eco-Business, June 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, June 2018

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2017

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2017

“,” The Globe and Mail, November 2016

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2016

“,” Project Syndicate, September 2016

Can Latin America reignite growth by connecting with consumers?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2016

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

Where to look for global growth,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stanford University
PhD in applied economics

University of Helsinki, Finland
MA in economics and philosophy