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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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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:
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:
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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28 Jun 2010, 21:08
A is actually strengthening - "assistance is good. No financial incentive on the job"
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28 Jun 2010, 21:27
i do not see anyother option strengthening the argument other than C so i think C is the answer, what is the OA
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28 Jun 2010, 21:52
Sorry I was reasoning why A is NOT an answer

Which of the following, if true about Ledland, most seriously [highlight]weakens[/highlight] the argument of the editorial?

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i do not see anyother option strengthening the argument other than C so i think C is the answer, what is the OA

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02 Jul 2010, 18:19
C for me.
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