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Economic Development in the Basque Country 1983-1995: A Lonergan Perspective  

BasqueJoin Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at George Washington University, as he discusses the recent developments of the economy in the Basque Country on April 19th at 6:15 p.m. in the Diplomacy Room, McQuaid Hall. Dr. Hoyt-O'Connor will use a lens of Bernard Lonergan's macroeconomics as a way of illuminating the sources of the Basque Country's achievements and the lessons to be gleaned from its experience.

In 1980, the economic situation of the Basque Country was very fragile. When the Basque Government came to power in 1980, social and economic indicators were clearly trending downwards and the future of the country was bleak. Yet, fifteen years later, having consolidated its governance over its regional affairs and nurturing the collaborations among small and medium-sized enterprises, the country came to enjoy what was to be one of the highest standards of living in Europe, with positive prospects for its continued social and economic development.

Paul Hoyt-O'Connor received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. In addition to several articles in the areas of ethics and political philosophy he is the author of Bernard Lonergan's Macroeconomic Dynamics. His collaborators on the Basque project are Iñigo Calvo and Ricardo Aguado, both from the University of Duesto, Bilbao.

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The Institute is dedicated to the study of Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method--GEM--and its application to contemporary culture. Such a method is based not only in the data of sense but also the data of consciousness. It seeks to understand not only the method of empirical sciences but also the methods of human studies and theology. In addition to ongoing research and scholarship, the Institute focuses on faculty development and sponsors graduate study, faculty and student reading groups, ongoing programs and the publication of the internationally acclaimed journal - The Lonergan Review.

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