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Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2009, 10:05
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Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now than previously. If the economy grows, the demand for motivated and educated people will far outstrip the supply. Some companies have already started to respond to this labor-market situation by finding better ways to keep their current employees. Their concern is a sure indicator that the economy is growing.

Which of the following is the best criticism of the politician’s reasoning?

(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place.
(B) The fact that some companies now try harder to keep their employees does not mean that they used to be indifferent to employee morale.
(C) The fact that demand will outstrip supply does not mean that there will be no supply at all.
(D) The fact that the number of new entrants into the labor market is declining does not mean that the number of new entrants is lower than it has ever been.
(E) The fact that current employees have become more valuable to some companies does not mean that those employees will do their jobs better than they used to.

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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2009, 10:09
A seems like a good choice
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2009, 10:27
A.

The politician concludes that the concern is a sure indicator of growth in economy. But the fact that some companies are taking steps to retain employees does not mean that the economy has already started growing.
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2009, 22:13
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A. Q is abt the current situation.
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2009, 11:01
Hi mates,

IMO A

the argument of the politician is that because companies are looking for new ways to keep their employees, economy is growing. But what if companies just do that as a prevision? therefore that behavior of the comapnies is not an indicator of the economy's growth

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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2009, 10:52
Yes, A is the OA.

But how did you attack the argument? Could you elucidate the holistic logic behind?
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2009, 03:03
It's A for me.

This is the key for attacking the argument - "a sure indicator of growth in economy".
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2009, 21:45
I'll vote for A....
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2009, 21:49
Agree with A

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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 06:05
I will vote for A too
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 06:36
Can someone explain what's wrong with E ?
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 06:48
E is irrelevant. If the company is taking measures, it is to address the future shortage. It does not matter how efficiently/good they work now, but they should be prepared for predicted change. Hope that helps ..

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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 10:51
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(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place. - Correct Answer. Explains current situation and the identifies the gap in reasoning

(B) The fact that some companies now try harder to keep their employees does not mean that they used to be indifferent to employee morale. - Employee Morale not discussed.

(C) The fact that demand will outstrip supply does not mean that there will be no supply at all. - irrelevent

(D) The fact that the number of new entrants into the labor market is declining does not mean that the number of new entrants is lower than it has ever been. - Not comparing with new entrants 'ever'

(E) The fact that current employees have become more valuable to some companies does not mean that those employees will do their jobs better than they used to. - no comparison made among new and current employees performance
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 10:52
my vote is (A)
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 12:48
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Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now than previously. If the economy grows, the demand for motivated and educated people will far outstrip the supply. Some companies have already started to respond to this labor-market situation by finding better ways to keep their current employees. Their concern is a sure indicator that the economy is growing.

Which of the following is the best criticism of the politician’s reasoning?

(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place.- The companies are making preparation for future development but the economy growth is not yet started. this statmt is best criticism of politician reasoning.
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 06:14
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 04:05
I would have gone ahead with A.

But also need to understand precisely why not D? Any feedback?
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 04:05
The answer is A - the companies might be aiming for contingencies, or simplyy trying to bolster their payroll/HR quality by retaining good people.
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 07:15
I'll go with A. Wording was a little tricky but concept was clear.
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Re: CR: Criticize reasoning [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 07:48
Except A no other options are really touching the point.
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