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# In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of

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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.

B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.

D. The greatest growth in Kirlandiaâ€™s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher than the minimum wage.

E. The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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05 Dec 2005, 06:35
A, E and D are out of scope. B is irrelevant. C is IMO the best answer. If employers have to pay more money to the trainees, they will have to pay more money to the trained workers and inflation will go up.

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05 Dec 2005, 08:24
i picked C too, but the answer key says B.
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05 Dec 2005, 09:18
We have to strengthen the opponents claim, so unless Kirlandia and Kirfandia are two different countries, the answer should be (B).
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05 Dec 2005, 11:13
Should be B.
Conclusion: no real effect on inflation because most are paid above the min wage.
We need to weaken this!
If there is info (as in B) that says that some ppl are not paid the min wage, then inflation may go up.

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In two months, the legal minimum wage in the country of Kirlandia will increase from five Kirlandic dollars(KD5.00) Per hour to KD5.50 per hour. Opponents of this increase have argued that the resulting rise in wages will drive the inflation rate up. In fact its impact on wages will probably be negligible, since only a very small proportion of all Kirfandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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A. Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year.

B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations.

C. Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must
reward trained workers by keeping their paylevels above the pay level
of trainees.

D. The greatest growth in Kirlandiaâ€™s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher than the minimum wage.

E. The current minimum wage is insufficient for a worker holding only one job to earn enough to support a family ,even when working full time at that job.
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05 Dec 2005, 14:55
but why should they stop violating the law ?
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06 Dec 2005, 03:33
christoph wrote:
but why should they stop violating the law ?

This is the same thing I asked to myself.
06 Dec 2005, 03:33
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