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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

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

A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.

B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level of trainees.

D. The greatest growth in Kirlandiaâ€™s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.

E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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23 Sep 2006, 20:52
E. if people work in multiple places, then the impact of min. wage increase will be greater.
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23 Sep 2006, 20:56
Agree - E
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23 Sep 2006, 21:21
why not C?
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23 Sep 2006, 23:09
C it is.
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23 Sep 2006, 23:18
It should be C.
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24 Sep 2006, 07:13
I think it should be E, more the number of jobs where the wages are near miniumum wages, more the effect will be

What is the OA
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24 Sep 2006, 08:07
B for me.

There is small proportion of those earning $5 because currently many workers are paid below$5 illegally.
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24 Sep 2006, 09:14
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E. if people work in multiple places, then the impact of min. wage increase will be greater.

I withdraw E and go for C.
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24 Sep 2006, 09:21
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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

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

A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.

B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level of trainees.

D. The greatest growth in Kirlandiaâ€™s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.

E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.

This should be C

Many businesses would have to pay the new trainees the increased minimum wage plus increase the wages for the trained workers inorder to reward/retain them. Thus the impact of the minimum wage increase would be much broader than anticipated weakening the argument that the impact would be much limited.
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24 Sep 2006, 09:41
Clearly C,

chosing would contradict the premise that only a very small proportion. On the other hand, B states that even if it's a small proportion other works depend on it, so it would have a bigger impact.
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24 Sep 2006, 20:22
jerrywu wrote:
In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

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

A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.

B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level of trainees.

D. The greatest growth in Kirlandiaâ€™s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher
than the minimum wage.

E The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.

If E were written as "The current minimum wage is insufficient and a worker to support a family, does multiple jobs" then it could have been the answer. Even then C seems better. Because minimum wage is determined based on hour, not per job. So whether the worker does one job or 10 jobs, per hour he is going to be paid the min wage.
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24 Sep 2006, 23:57
I am for B too.
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25 Sep 2006, 13:36
B uses the word some so it's not weaken the argument.

It's C
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25 Sep 2006, 18:24
Going with C.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level of trainees.

Agrument says very small proportion of all workers receive less than KD5.50. This very small proportion could be the trainees and the trained employees are probably paid just around KD5.50 to keep their wages above trainees. Now if the min wage is raised to KD5.50, then trained workers salaray will have to increase above KD5.50 thus weakening the argument.
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25 Sep 2006, 20:02
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I am for B too.

C is better. My mistake.
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25 Sep 2006, 20:30
initially thought B but agree with C since C specifies that many businesses pay minimum wage for a particular set of employees as compared to B which specifies that only some businesses pay below minimum wage
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25 Sep 2006, 20:45
Straight C.
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25 Sep 2006, 20:49
Time for OA
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25 Sep 2006, 21:47
rookie06 wrote:
Time for OA

OA is C
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