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

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02 Jun 2012, 23:57
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I go with C. Not sure why OA is B.

(A) Most people in Kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year >>> Irrelevant
(B) Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulation
(C) Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their pay levels above the pay level of trainees.
(D) The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher than the minimum wage. >>> a bit too far
(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. >>> Irrelevant

Hi,

C indeed was a better fit.
However, could you kindly explain why D is a bit too far. Is it simply because it is weakening one of the premises(economy growth incr. when wages incr. => inflation stabilized) and not the conclusion(workers actually find the incr.in wage worthy)??

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04 Jun 2012, 18:54
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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 Kirlandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.

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

(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 regulation
(C) Many businesses hire trainees at or near the minimum wage but must reward trained workers by keeping their pay levels above the pay level of trainees.
(D) The greatest growth in Kirlandia'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.

Premise: The increasing in minimum wage will drive up the inflation (1)

Conclusion: (1) is wrong because the proportion of Kirlandc workers who are receiving less than KD5.5 per hour is very small

The question stem is finding the weakened answer. Base on this conclusion, we are easy to find the answer which weakens it by find the proof that shows the proportion of workers who get wage under KD5.5 is very large.

Choice C is the correct answer, which states that there are many businesses hire trainee near KD 5.00/hour => There are many workers in this kinds of trainee => If the minimum wage increase, the wages of these trainees also increase, driving up the inlfation.
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59. 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?
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 Kirlandia'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.

Plz suggest where I am going wrong?

I don't find any reason why B is right because if Some firms have paid considerably less than KD 5 ,violating the regulations.So even if there will be an increase fron 5KD to 5.5 KD ,some firms will not follow the regulations.Hence ,there won't be any impact on wages (Supporting the conclusion)

By POE , My answer (E),as others are unrelated to argument.

Plz suggest
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31 Jan 2013, 20:51
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59. 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?
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 Kirlandia'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.

Plz suggest where I am going wrong?

I don't find any reason why B is right because if Some firms have paid considerably less than KD 5 ,violating the regulations.So even if there will be an increase fron 5KD to 5.5 KD ,some firms will not follow the regulations.Hence ,there won't be any impact on wages (Supporting the conclusion)

By POE , My answer (E),as others are unrelated to argument.

Plz suggest

How did you deduce the red part?
If a law has been made, then everyone is supposed to comply with the law. Your need not assume anything out of the box.

Now E: okay what if there are so much benefits given to the workers in order to compensate for the low wage. In order to select E, you have to assume a lot.
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31 Jan 2013, 21:11
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How did you deduce the red part?
If a law has been made, then everyone is supposed to comply with the law. Your need not assume anything out of the box.

Now E: okay what if there are so much benefits given to the workers in order to compensate for the low wage. In order to select E, you have to assume a lot.

If Some firms have paid considerably less than KD 5 even when the minimum wage regulation was 5 KD then how can you expect those firms to comply to the new limit of minimum wage requirement.
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31 Jan 2013, 21:25
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So if a certain thing happened previously, then will it also happen now in order to violate law. Perhaps yes and perhaps no.
Giving a different case:
Previously some firms paid \$4.8, thereby violating minimum wage law of at least \$5 per worker. Now, the minimum wage has been increased to \$5.50 . Probably the employers will raise the wage-may be by \$0.1 or by \$0.5 so as to maintain the difference.
If it is then certainly the law will have an effect.
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01 Feb 2013, 19:37
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The conclusion of the argument is the effect of wage rise would be negligible since very few workers earn below the proposed wage level.

We have to identify a situation wherein the wage increase will have at least a decent impact.

Option B cannot be the correct answer, it states that currently some companies violate the min wage law, so how can it be that with the increase in wages they will comply with the new wage ?
Also the other point that makes this option incorrect is the use of word 'some', some means at least 1, it cannot be a huge no, because had that been the case the author would have used many.

Option E also cannot be the correct answer, it states that a worker with current minimum wage is not able to support his family, so with the increase in min wage all we can infer is that he might be able to support his family, but this in no way suggests that the inflation rate will go up.

Option C is the correct answer, it states that in 'many' firms the trainee is given the min legal wage and the workers are given a wage which is more than the trainee, so if the min wage increases then the wage given to trainee will increase and correspondingly the wage given to trained workers will also increase, this increase of money in the hands of many workers can increase the inflation. Hence C is the correct answer.

I did try to search for this question on other forums as well and found that the experts have ruled out B as the correct answer and stated C as the correct choice.
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06 Feb 2014, 06:00
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We need to select an answer choice that weakens the argument that the wage increase will not lead to inflation as most workers are already being paid at the higher wage level.

Choice B is incorrect because there is no guarantee that firms who operate outside the legal purview now will follow the minimum wage rule after the minimum wage is raised.

Choice C indicates this correctly. If the pay levels of trained workers must be above those of trainees, their pay must go up too. This is the best choice. It does not depend on the proportion of trainees in the workforce, or on the magnitude of difference between trainee pay levels and trained worker pay levels. After they are trained, the trainees will go to higher wages too. If these higher wages are significantly above 5.5, it will cause inflation. If they are not, and even if trainees are small proportion of the overall workforce, the trained workers will still all move up further, which will cause inflation. Either way, overall wages will rise and cause inflation.

Source of the Q?

Totally agree with GyanOne on this one.
Can we have the OA reviewed please? I hope its C

Please correct OA on this one, just confirmed that answer is C ok?

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18 Apr 2014, 13:44
OA should be C

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24 May 2014, 15:00
Bumping here for experts opinion on B vs. C, I honestly think C is a much stronger choice...but still I'm no CR expert
Eager to see replies by pqhai, RJacobs and other CR monsters out there.

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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 Kirlandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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 Kirlandia’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.

POE:
A. The duration of employment at minimum wage has no bearing on whether raising the minimum pay will trigger inflation.
B. If they are in violation now, then they can be in violation at any point in time. Changing the minimum legal wage has no impact on people who are already working outside the legal boundary.
C. This is correct. If the businesses pay minimum wage to trainees and have to maintain a higher pay for trained workers then increasing the minimum wage for the trainees will force the businesses to also increase the wages of the trained workers. This may have an impact of triggering inflation.
D. We are not worried the sector that has given growth to Kirlandia; we are worried about Kirlandia as a whole.
E. We are not worried about whether the current minimum wage is enough to sustain a person with a single job. We are worried about whether the increase in minimum wage will trigger inflation.
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25 May 2014, 16:35
well lets consider what is lnflation i.e price rise due to excess money supply or less supply of goods (more demand than supply) , c does not mention that anything nor does passage mention about trainee workers or tenured workers but in e we find that workers reciving 5 \$ dont find it enough to sustain life well then increase in payscale would not lead to inflation as it is not resulting in "excess money". please tell me where i am wrong
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02 Jun 2014, 09:30
Agree that C is best answer. Can we get the OA changed?

(IMO none of the choices are great, but C is the best of the bunch.)
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02 Jun 2014, 13:53
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Agree that C is best answer. Can we get the OA changed?

(IMO none of the choices are great, but C is the best of the bunch.)

I was going to edit the above post, but I can only enter a URL on posts 6+. (This will be #6.)

My edit: Down at the bottom of the thread there is the option to link to "Similar Posts," and you can see that this same question has been listed many times. I linked to in-two-months-the-legal-minimum-wage-in-the-country-of-65039.html?fl=similar, and found OA of "C."
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This is my new project: Renew Old Thread => Back to basic => Just try It and give your reasoning

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 Kirlandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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 Kirlandia’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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Originally posted by tuanquang269 on 27 Jul 2014, 07:47.
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27 Jul 2014, 10:24
Please verify the OA as I feel the correct answer should be C and not B. Option C directly affects the conclusion and weakens the conclusion most.
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tuanquang269 wrote:
This is my new project: Renew Old Thread => Back to basic => Just try It and give your reasoning

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 Kirlandic workers are currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hour.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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 Kirlandia’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.

Conclusion: the impact of the increase in the wage will be negligible since very few people are receiving less than 5.5 kd (it says that people might be earning wages @ the rate of 1000 kd or 2000 kd or even 100 kd). thus will not be effected.
We are asked to weaken this.

A Most people in kirlandia who are currently earning the minimum wage have been employed at their current jobs for less than a year. ---> earning and getting back a job has nothing to do with it. - incorrect

B Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00 per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations. --> Relevent information to weaken the conclusion.this says that people are earning less then 5.00 KD and thus the regulation will effect the wages.

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. --> wages of trainees < wages of existing employees - whats the point ? irrelevant.

D The greatest growth in Kirlandia’s economy in recent years has been in those sectors where workers earn wages that tend to be much higher than the minimum wage.
---> irrelevant .talking bout sectors where kirlanda's growth has happened. insufficient
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.
---> trying to make ends meet? irrelevant
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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?

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 Kirlandia’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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12 May 2015, 21:55
The right answer has to somehow increase the size of the minimum wage workforce. Option C is the only one that does so significantly. B refers to under the table workers, but it just says 'some' so it's not significant like answer C is.
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13 May 2015, 01:00
Argument 1 : wage increase will lead to inflation rise.
Argument 2: very few workers receive less than KD5.50

How is C weakening these?
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