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MGI Essay Prize 2016

€100,000 will be awarded to the best essays that answer a critical question in Europe today

13 April 2016

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has launched a global essay contest aimed at crowdsourcing solutions to one of Europe's biggest political and economic conundrums: how to implement a pro-growth economic strategy that is both effective and that appeals to voters and policy-makers.

Finding the 'how'

MGI is the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company. In June 2015 the institute published the report: A Window of Opportunity for Europe, in which a range of policy measures were identified that provide sustainable growth and job opportunities in Europe. The report looked at the 'why', 'where' and 'what'. This essay contest is a follow-up to that report aimed at finding the 'how'.

Critical question

Prizes will be awarded to the best essays that answer the following question:

"How could a pro-growth reform program be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level?"


The winning submission will be awarded €60,000. A second award of €25,000 will be made to the best essay by an author under the age of 30. A further €15,000 will be awarded to runners-up at the discretion of the jury, which is chaired by Pascal Lemy, ex-Director General of the World Trade Organization and former European Trade Commissioner.

Submission of the essay

Submissions are due by 31 July 2016. Everyone, other than employees of McKinsey & Company or the Jacques Delors Institute, is eligible to participate. The awards will be presented at a dinner ceremony in the presence of many European policy and thought leaders on 12 October 2016 in Brussels.

More information

Full details are available on the essay website.

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