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About MGI

MGI’s mission is to help leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors develop a deeper understanding of the evolution of the global economy and to provide a fact base that contributes to decision making on critical management and policy issues.

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey, was established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. MGI's mission is to provide leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions.

MGI research combines the disciplines of economics and management, employing the analytical tools of economics with the insights of business leaders. Its "micro-to-macro" methodology examines microeconomic industry trends to better understand the broad macroeconomic forces affecting business strategy and public policy.

MGI's in-depth reports have covered more than 20 countries and 30 industries. Current research focuses on six themes: productivity and growth, natural resources, labor markets, the evolution of global financial markets, the economic impact of technology and innovation, and urbanization. Recent reports have assessed the digital economy, impact of AI and automation on employment, income inequality, the productivity puzzle, the economic benefits of tackling gender inequality, a new era of global competition, Chinese innovation, and digital and financial globalization. The partners of McKinsey fund MGI's research; it is not commissioned by any business, government, or other institution.

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has been named the number one private-sector think tank in the world in the 2018 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report, published on January 31, 2019 by the Think Tank and Civil Society Program at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. This is the fourth year in a row that MGI has been awarded this top spot in the global ranking.  


MGI is led by four McKinsey & Company senior partners Jacques Bughin and Jonathan Woetzel, as well as James Manyika and Sven Smit, who also serve as co-chairs of MGI.

In addition, MGI regularly solicits input from a group of McKinsey directors who make up the MGI Council. The Council’s role is to help MGI shape its research agenda, lead high-impact research, and disseminate the findings to decision makers around the world.

Project teams are led by MGI partners and a group of senior fellows and include consultants from McKinsey's offices around the world. These teams draw on McKinsey's global network of partners and industry and management experts.

Academic advisers

MGI works with leading economists, including Nobel laureates, who act as advisers to MGI projects.

Our People

Jacques Bughin

MGI Director and Senior Partner, Brussels

James Manyika

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

Sven Smit

Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute, and Senior Partner, Amsterdam

Jonathan Woetzel

MGI Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai

What we do

An inside look at how the McKinsey Global Institute creates a better understanding of the world

– In this interview, McKinsey Global Institute chairman and director James Manyika explains what makes our think tank’s research stand out.

25 years of insights

Happy birthday, McKinsey Global Institute

– MGI has gathered and analyzed data, developed insights, and helped leaders make sense of the most complex issues. Our infographic highlights the six themes that have dominated our work.


The next 25 years of the global economy

For MGI's 25th anniversary, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman discussed the future of the world economy with panelists including Zoe Baird, president and CEO of the Markle Foundation, Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, Robert Steel, CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners, and McKinsey director Richard Dobbs.