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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) People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs than job seekers who are unemployed.

(D) The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

(E) People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy the work.
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There is no OA for this question. I will post my answer for this question. Thanks

Q30:
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 workerâ€™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. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.

Answer:
Question Type: Weakening question
Conclusion: The unemployed people do not have any financial incentive to accept jobs.
Premise1: The unemployed people receive government assistance.
Premise1: The employed people with low income plus government supplement will not exceed the government assistance. Let us do a math:

The government assistance = \$50
The income = \$30
Thus, the supplement= 50-20=\$30

In order to weakening this argument, let us attack the conclusion. If we can prove that the unemployed people DO have financial incentive to accept jobs it will break the conclusion. Let us take a look at the choices:

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families. Taxes will not create any incentive for employment. Out of scope

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has. Low wage creates no incentive for employnment-Strengths the conclusion

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed. If people take low income job, they will get a high income job later. Thus, there is a financial incentive of taking low income jobs. weakens the conclusion. Answer.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level. This satement will strengths the conclusion because the supplement is higher than the low income.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.The word â€˜sometimesâ€™ does not give a definite conclusion.

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25 Dec 2006, 11:50
C it is.

C creates a financial incentive for unemployed to be employed and earn more in new job
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25 Dec 2006, 12:02
I got stuck between A and C

how come paying less taxes is not a financial incentive ?

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25 Dec 2006, 12:10
Mishari wrote:
I got stuck between A and C

how come paying less taxes is not a financial incentive ?

Yes, not payin taxes is indeed beneficial. A indicates that people are better off without taking up lower paying jobs because they will have to pay taxes on their salaries. This is in agreement with the editorial, thus strengthening it.

We need to weaken the editorial. C does that.
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25 Dec 2006, 12:17
Duh ! what's wrong with me ?

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01 Jan 2007, 14:37
Good analysis, ttanvir. Just one thing: if gov assistance is 50 and income is 30, shouldnÂ´t the supplement be 20?

ttanvir wrote:
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Q30:
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 workerâ€™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. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.

Answer:
Question Type: Weakening question
Conclusion: The unemployed people do not have any financial incentive to accept jobs.
Premise1: The unemployed people receive government assistance.
Premise1: The employed people with low income plus government supplement will not exceed the government assistance. Let us do a math:

The government assistance = \$50
The income = \$30
Thus, the supplement= 50-20=\$30

In order to weakening this argument, let us attack the conclusion. If we can prove that the unemployed people DO have financial incentive to accept jobs it will break the conclusion. Let us take a look at the choices:

A. The government collects no taxes on assistance it provides to unemployed
individuals and their families. Taxes will not create any incentive for employment. Out of scope

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer
must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently
has. Low wage creates no incentive for employnment-Strengths the conclusion

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs
than job seekers who are unemployed. If people take low income job, they will get a high income job later. Thus, there is a financial incentive of taking low income jobs. weakens the conclusion. Answer.

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less
than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level. This satement will strengths the conclusion because the supplement is higher than the low income.

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy
the work.The word â€˜sometimesâ€™ does not give a definite conclusion.

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03 Jan 2007, 21:48
C after reading thorugh the killer explaination by ttanvir.
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04 Jan 2007, 04:08
C...

The financial incentive is that they will be able to get a better paying job later. It's the only choice that weakens the argument that "unemployed people will have no financial incentive to accept jobs that would
entitle them to the supplement".

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28 Sep 2007, 19:02
Initially I thought A but then I realized "A" is talking about "unemployed individuals" and not about newly employed people who were unemployed.

If I negate A then only relevant option left is C.

Once unemployed become employed, they may look for a new job that may offer them higher salary.....

I am going with C.

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28 Sep 2007, 19:56
bkk145 wrote:
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. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs than job seekers who are unemployed.
D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.
E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy the work.

C. very ideal Gmat question.

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28 Sep 2007, 21:05
down to C and E...

i think C makes the cut..E is weak cause it says "some"..

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28 Sep 2007, 22:04
OA=C
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28 Sep 2007, 22:12
bkk145 wrote:
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. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs than job seekers who are unemployed.
D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level.
E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy the work.

E.
The statment assumes that people should be employed only for income.
E states that may prompt people to take up because they like rather than for the sole purpose of getting payed.

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29 Sep 2007, 10:52
bkk145 wrote:
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. (This is an incentive not to get a job, as they would be paying taxes on their earnings as opposed to having a full tax free employment)

B. Neighboring countries with laws that mandate the minimum wage an employer must pay an employee have higher unemployment rates than Ledland currently has.(wrong country)

C. People who are employed and look for a new job tend to get higher-paying jobs than job seekers who are unemployed.(an incentive to get a job, because it will eventually lead to higher pay --good)

D. The yearly amount unemployed people receive from government assistance is less than the yearly income that the government defines as the poverty level. (poverty level is outside of the scope)

E. People sometimes accept jobs that pay relatively little simply because they enjoy the work. (we are looking for economic benefits, so outside of the scope)

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22 May 2008, 13:47
Yeah C can be an incentive and can go against the editorial's conclusion!

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22 May 2008, 17:35
I'm going with C
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22 May 2008, 21:08
C it is - that weakens the argument

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22 May 2008, 21:14
C as it weakens the argument by stating obvious financial incentives.

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28 Jun 2010, 21:08
A is actually strengthening - "assistance is good. No financial incentive on the job"

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