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# Demographers doing research for an international

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6. Demographers doing research for an international
economics newsletter claim that the average per
capita income in the country of Kuptala is sub-
stantially 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 demographersâ€™ 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 â€œpovertyâ€
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11 Jul 2004, 22:18
C.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that the number of people
in the two countries who live in poverty could be the
same even though the percentages of the two
populations that live in poverty differ markedly.

More of math than verbal.
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11 Jul 2004, 22:36
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The argument says that the poverty in Kuptala is rare which can be taken as negligible, so the number and percentage association does not hold good. Whats wrong with A?

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12 Jul 2004, 00:07
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5787 with a really cool example by kpadma.
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13 Jul 2004, 11:36
1:47 and E.

A. I almost thought it was a contender but not the best choice. Here,
the author does give some kind of additional empirical evidence to discredit the claim(50% of B live under poverty). But just giving any econominc advice is not enough to discredit the claim. It has to be valid.

B. I think this answer is just to distract us

C. This possibility does not make the argument vulnerable. The population of the two countries could be same and the % of people living under poverty could still differ.

D. Another distraction.

Best choice is E. All the incomes in country K are near average, and incomes in country B could widely vary from the average. This is a possibility that makes the argument weak/vulnerable.

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13 Jul 2004, 11:36
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