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Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

How to restart national economies during the coronavirus crisis

By recognizing differences among regions and sectors, governments can get people back to work faster and safeguard our livelihoods.

North America

Article

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers

– Up to one-third of US jobs may be vulnerable—and more than 80 percent are held by low-income workers.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Affordable housing in Los Angeles: Delivering more—and doing it faster

– Addressing the housing shortage is an opportunity to reimagine Los Angeles.
Report

The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

– The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research... quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow

– The health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the automation age.

Latin America

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power

– Digital could help the region reboot inclusive growth and regain lost ground.
Article

Unlocking the economic potential of Central America and the Caribbean

– The region has seen rapid growth over the past 15 years, but a number of trends could affect whether the economies continue to... grow.
Report

One aspiration, two realities: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

– Investing in the development of women and ensuring that they advance is crucial to the economic performance of the country and... its private-sector businesses.
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How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

– Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and... boost the country’s GDP by 7 to 15 percent.

Europe

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Europe needs to prepare now to get back to work—safely

– The next coronavirus challenge for European policy makers is to restore both lives and livelihoods.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Reviving innovation in Europe

– Innovation is of fundamental importance for Europe’s economic and social system. These five paths could build on its strengths... and help the continent regain its competitive edge.
Article

Brexit: The bigger picture—Revitalizing UK exports in the new world of trade

– UK companies can navigate shifts in global trade patterns by focusing on fast-growing services and digital trades, redoubling... efforts in emerging markets, and digitizing their supply chains.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI

– Europe’s average digital gap with the world’s leaders is now being compounded by an emerging gap in artificial intelligence.

Asia

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization

– The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and, as its economies integrate further, it has... the potential to fuel and shape the next phase of globalization.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Asia’s future is now

– Asia is on track to top 50 percent of global GDP by 2040 and drive 40 percent of the world’s consumption, representing a... real shift in the world’s center of gravity.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

China and the world: Inside the dynamics of a changing relationship

– The relationship between China and the rest of the world is changing, and a great deal of value could be at stake depending on... whether there is more or less engagement. Businesses will need to adjust to the uncertainty ahead.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The Chinese luxury consumer

– If you’re in luxury goods and services, China is the story.

Middle East and Africa

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Tackling COVID-19 in Africa

– An unfolding health and economic crisis that demands bold action
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa

– Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity... for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects.
Article

How Gulf companies can overcome the five biggest challenges to their digital transformation

– Although many businesses in the Gulf region are interested in digitization, few of them have moved aggressively enough. But there... is a clear way forward.
Article

Winning in Africa’s agricultural market

– Private-sector companies can find practical solutions to enter and grow in Africa’s agricultural market.