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Critical Reasoning _5:Demographers doing research for an int

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Critical Reasoning _5:Demographers doing research for an int [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2007, 21:42
Demographers doing research for an international economics newsletter claim that the average per capita income in the country of Kuptala is substantially lower than that in the country of Bahlton. They also claim, however, that whereas poverty is relatively rare in Kuptala, over half the population of Bahlton lives in extreme poverty. At least one of the demographers’ claims must, therefore, be wrong.
The argument above is most vulnerable to which of the following criticisms?
(A) It rejects an empirical claim about the average per capita incomes in the two countries without making any attempt to discredit that claim by offering additional economic evidence.
(B) It treats the vague term “povertyâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2007, 23:37
It is E...

Incomes in Kuptala are much less dispersed than in Bahlton...
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2007, 02:59
I considered A & E.

I chose E
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E) It does not consider the possibility that incomes in Kuptala, unlike those in Bahlton, might all be very close to the country’s average per capita income.


There might be higher variance in income in Bahlton (explaining the high levels of poverty) than Kuptala.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2007, 06:26
yeah..one more E.

If the incomes are nearer to average then the average can be lower in Kupatala and still poverty can be rare.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2007, 23:47
Agree E
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Re: Critical Reasoning _5:Demographers doing research for an [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2007, 09:25
B and D are out right away. A is not precisely what the argument does. C is somewhat related to the argument, but E is closer. The answer is E.
Re: Critical Reasoning _5:Demographers doing research for an   [#permalink] 07 Jan 2007, 09:25
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