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Editorial: In Ledland, unemployed adults receive government [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 20:37
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Editorial:
In Ledland, unemployed adults receive government assistance. To reduce
unemployment, the government proposes to supplement the income of those who accept
jobs that pay less than government assistance, thus enabling employers to hire workers
cheaply. However, the supplement will not raise any worker’s income above what
government assistance would provide if he or she were not gainfully employed.
Therefore, unemployed people will have no financial incentive to accept jobs that would
entitle them to the supplement.

Which of the following, if true about Ledland, most seriously weakens the argument of
the editorial?

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families.

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has.

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 20:57
IMO C gives an alternative financial incentive.
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 23:36
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Editorial:
In Ledland, unemployed adults receive government assistance. To reduce
unemployment, the government proposes to supplement the income of those who accept
jobs that pay less than government assistance, thus enabling employers to hire workers
cheaply. However, the supplement will not raise any worker’s income above what
government assistance would provide if he or she were not gainfully employed.
Therefore, unemployed people will have no financial incentive to accept jobs that would
entitle them to the supplement.

Which of the following, if true about Ledland, most seriously weakens the argument of
the editorial?

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families.

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has.

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.


C is the correct answer on this because it provides a financial incentive for ppl to work
because ppl who work today even at lesser pay are in a better off position to get a higher salary tommorow by gettin a new job

therefore, C weakens the argument and hence is the answer choice
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 23:43
C for me
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 23:46
C for me

Which of the following, if true about Ledland, most seriously weakens the argument of
the editorial?

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families.-> encourages folks not to take jobs thus strengthens

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has.-> irrelevant

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed. ->sounds good.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.-> irrelevant

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work. -> might be true, but irrelevant in the given context
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 02:17
rpmodi wrote:
Editorial:
In Ledland, unemployed adults receive government assistance. To reduce
unemployment, the government proposes to supplement the income of those who accept
jobs that pay less than government assistance, thus enabling employers to hire workers
cheaply. However, the supplement will not raise any worker’s income above what
government assistance would provide if he or she were not gainfully employed.
Therefore, unemployed people will have no financial incentive to accept jobs that would
entitle them to the supplement
.

Which of the following, if true about Ledland, most seriously weakens the argument of
the editorial?

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families.

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has.

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.


D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 05:58
whats wrong with A ?
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2010, 05:05
I was confused b/w A and C and marked A as the conclusion is abt supplements.

Any idea why C is better than A?
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2010, 06:34
I marked A as well.

tax-exemption a financial insentive to accept jobs that will entitle them to the supplement.

This sounds better than C as the unemployed may not accept the job that will entitle them to the supplement inorder to search for another option.
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2010, 19:19
C for me too.
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2010, 04:44
A actually supports the editorial that there is no financial incentive for people to take low paying jobs. If the govt does not levy tax on assistance - people are better off sticking to financial assistance than switching to a low paying job (which would presumably be taxed) and taking govt assistance(non taxable) - which would in effect lower their income than what it was before. so no financial incentive to take up low paying job. Even if the low paying job doesnt tax and the remaining govt assistance is also tax free - still there is no incentive because people will get the same amount not working as they would get by taking up the low paying job (with govt assistance) so why would they take up the low paying job anyway?
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2010, 09:05
A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families.
-- This is an opposite answer. It strengthens the argument. Hence cannot be a correct answer choice.

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has.
-- Word 'Neighboring country' is red flag. New information. Hence B cannot be a correct answer choice.

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.
-- This is a correct answer choice. Once the unemployed people get hired even on lowly wages, they have better chances of getting better pay when they look for new jobs.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.
-- word 'Poverty level'. Red flag. New Information. Hence D cannot be a correct answer choice.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.
-- Phrase ' enjoy new work'. Red flag. Irrelevant and new information. Hence E cannot be a correct answer choice.

OA please. Thank You.

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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2010, 20:18
IMO C....:)..
I agree with dwivedys.....A supports the conclusion..
We need to prove that those who are employed and recieving the govt supplement are at better position than those who are employed.
C fits the bill clearly....:)
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Re: CR:LedLand [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 05:13
C for me to.. Best o rest
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