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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970’s than it did in the 1960’s.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 05:44
(E) weakens the conclusion. If teenage unemployment rates decreased in certain years then some other facto(s)r besides the min wage rate must be involved.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 05:51
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(E) weakens the conclusion. If teenage unemployment rates decreased in certain years then some other facto(s)r besides the min wage rate must be involved.

Matt why not B?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 14:35
B sounds good.. since if the minimum wage has remained constant and they are still unemployed.. it gives a reason that there must be something else that the employers dont hire teenages for..
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 19:07
I also got B.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 21:02
i am getting C..
If the people are gonna hire teenagers only during holidays then no matter one reduces the wage or increases it, it wont affect unemployment...
So here a new factor like season or holidays has been introduced which affects unemployment..
So C for me
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 23:51
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i am getting C..
If the people are gonna hire teenagers only during holidays then no matter one reduces the wage or increases it, it wont affect unemployment...
So here a new factor like season or holidays has been introduced which affects unemployment..
So C for me


Andy I think its B.

C may be out of scope because the thing discussed here is not the employment pattern, its the unemployment rate.

I may be wrong.

Just as a point that you will certainly be knowing, when you see causal CRs then try to find another cause of the effect. But remember that the cause must be something that is in the scope of the argument.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2006, 06:15
We need to show that teenage unemployement rate is rising because of reason other than the minimum wage. So B is the answer.

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen. - Opposite of B.

(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant. - Correct

(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons. - Out of scope

(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970’s than it did in the 1960’s. - Comparison between 1970s and 1960s is unrelated.

(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960. - Although it talks about decline in teenage unemployement rate it doesn't weaken the argument. In order to weaken the argument we need to show that somehow there is no relationship between wage and unemployment rate. This answer doesn't say anything about wage.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2006, 06:16
OA is B.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2006, 07:06
'B' it is

(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
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