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McKinsey Global Institute: The year’s most popular articles

Dec 23, 2020

McKinsey Global Institute
As 2020 draws to a close, we’re revisiting our most popular articles of the year in a series that spans the best of McKinsey Quarterly, the New at McKinsey blog, and more—we even feature an Editor’s Choice category. Today, we give you our best-read pieces from the McKinsey Global Institute, which address everything from climate risk to gender equality and the Bio Revolution. Read on for our full top ten.
Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts
1. Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts
How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers. Read the full report  
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What 800 global executives envision for the post-pandemic workforce
2. What 800 executives envision for the postpandemic workforce
Responses to a McKinsey global survey of 800 executives suggest a disruptive period of workplace changes lies ahead due to acceleration of automation, digitization, and other trends. See the findings  
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The social contract in the 21st century
3. The social contract in the 21st century
Economic outcomes and the relationship between individuals and institutions have shifted for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies. Understand the evolution  
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4. The future of work in Europe
Beyond COVID-19, automation, migration, and shrinking labor supply are shifting the geography of employment. Examine the trends  
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5. Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains
Companies need an understanding of their exposure, vulnerabilities, and potential losses to inform resilience strategies. Read the report  
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6. COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places
A clearer picture of the sectors, regions, and demographic groups at risk is emerging. Take decisive action   
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7. COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects
What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark relief and raises critically important choices. Act now 
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8. What’s next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries
Hybrid models of remote work are likely to persist in the wake of the pandemic, mostly for a highly educated, well-paid minority of the workforce. Get granular  
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9. The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives
Advances in biological science could transform economies and societies, helping to tackle global challenges from climate change to pandemics. Read the report  
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10. Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution
Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier. Build momentum  
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