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Editorial: In Ledland, unemployed adults receive government (2)

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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) At any given time, people who are currently employed have the best chance of being offered a job that will give them an income significantly greater than government assistance would give them.

(D) The financial assistance that the government provides to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage.

(E) People sometimes choose a job for reasons that have nothing to do with the financial benefits it offers.

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I faced this question in GMATPrep Exam 3, but the answer choices were quite different from what stated here.
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I faced this question in GMATPrep Exam 3, but the answer choices were quite different from what stated here.
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the conclusion -- unemployed people will have no financial incentive to accept jobs that would entitle them to the supplement.

(D) The financial assistance that the government provides to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage.

As per my understanding, option D also weakens somewhat, but C is the better one. As we are looking for the best option out of the five. My reasoning for option D,

If the government provides financial assistance which is less than the average starting wage to people with no other source of income, then such people would be more interested in doing the job rather than relying on the financial assistance itself. Also, if you notice carefully, the conclusion is about the UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE but we do not know whether they have some other source of income or not. Unemployment does not mean that THEY WILL definitely does not have the other sources of INCOME AS WELL. So, if the unemployed people are not having the other sources of income as well, then the conclusion is strongly weakened. But if the unemployed people are having some other sources of income, then the starting wage may not seem lucrative to such people even if it is more than the financial assistance. So, option C is the clear winner.

GMATNinja, can you please review my reasoning for option D, the one mentioned in the GMATPrep snapshot just above my post and not the one in the existing post on the GMATClub.

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Please review my reasoning for eliminating option D:

Let's assign numbers to the scenario mentioned in the argument:

1. Current income of unemployed adults: $0
2. Government assistance provided to unemployed adults: $100
3. Salary of Jobs below the government supplement: $60
5. New Government assistance: $40

Option D : The financial assistance that the government provides ($40) to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage ($60).

SO WHAT ? The sum total of what the unemployed people get under the new scheme is still $100. It strengthens the conclusion of the argument that THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INCENTIVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE STILL GET $100 in total

Hence, we can eliminate option D
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Hi Verbal Experts,

Could you please elaborate on why option D over here is wrong with an example?
I am a bit confused between C & D.

Thanks in advance! :-)
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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) At any given time, people who are currently employed have the best chance of being offered a job that will give them an income significantly greater than government assistance would give them.

(D) The financial assistance that the government provides to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage.

(E) People sometimes choose a job for reasons that have nothing to do with the financial benefits it offers.


Edit: Moderator Editorial Note: this is a different topic from https://gmatclub.com/forum/editorial-in ... ml#p281146 due to the answer choices.

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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) At any given time, people who are currently employed have the best chance of being offered a job that will give them an income significantly greater than government assistance would give them.

(D) The financial assistance that the government provides to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage.

(E) People sometimes choose a job for reasons that have nothing to do with the financial benefits it offers.

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Hi Verbal Experts,

Could you please elaborate on why option D over here is wrong with an example?
I am a bit confused between C & D.

Thanks in advance! :-)

Note that this question is similar to another based on the same passage from EP1: https://gmatclub.com/forum/editorial-in ... 40473.html. Choices C, D, and E are slightly different.

As for choice (D) in this version, please refer to the following explanation by fmik7894:

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Please review my reasoning for eliminating option D:

Let's assign numbers to the scenario mentioned in the argument:

1. Current income of unemployed adults: $0
2. Government assistance provided to unemployed adults: $100
3. Salary of Jobs below the government supplement: $60
5. New Government assistance: $40

Option D : The financial assistance that the government provides ($40) to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage ($60).

SO WHAT ? The sum total of what the unemployed people get under the new scheme is still $100. It strengthens the conclusion of the argument that THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INCENTIVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE STILL GET $100 in total

Hence, we can eliminate option D


Thanks fmik7894, your reasoning was spot on!
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Please review my reasoning for eliminating option D:

Let's assign numbers to the scenario mentioned in the argument:

1. Current income of unemployed adults: $0
2. Government assistance provided to unemployed adults: $100
3. Salary of Jobs below the government supplement: $60
5. New Government assistance: $40

Option D : The financial assistance that the government provides ($40) to people who have no other income is less than the average starting wage ($60).

SO WHAT ? The sum total of what the unemployed people get under the new scheme is still $100. It strengthens the conclusion of the argument that THERE IS NO FINANCIAL INCENTIVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE STILL GET $100 in total

Hence, we can eliminate option D


I am still not entirely sold on C (I picked D). Your example assumes that the recipient receives 2 types of assistance, $100 and $40. I'm not sure where this came from since the passage states that unemployed receive government assistance. So if government assistance is $100, and starting wages are $60, then the government will pay $40 to those who are employed to make it even. However, if the starting wage is $120, which is higher than the $100 of government assistance, then isn't there financial incentive to work?

With C, the advantage is clearly to those who already have a job. What if there is a tight job market? The incentive to work can go down
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Can anyone provide a better explanation for C ??
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