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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.
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C - for if the minimum wage goes up, the trained employees wages might have to go up as well. Hence the argument that the impact of minimal wage increase on wages is minimal is weakened.

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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 resilting 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 seriuosly 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 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.


Inflation is caused by too many dollars chasing too few goods with the resulting rise in prices. The central premise of the argument is that there wont be too many dollars out there in the market as the number of min wage workers are less in Kirlandia so the cummulative increase wont push inflation up. With this background, lets see the choices

A. Not relevant to increase money in the market.
B. This is an interesting one. Since this has gone unreported, the recent rise wont touch these folks, they will continue to get considerably less anyway.
C. If trainees get near minimum wage levels, so when the min wage levels go up, their wages will also go up. Hence this will have an effect of more money coming into the economy and driving up inflation....weakens
D. Not relevant
E. Not relevant.

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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 resilting 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 seriuosly 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 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.



I went with E on this one because I made the assumption that some workers might be working more than one job on minimal wage. But the choice doesnt really talk about multiple minimum wage jobs. :x

I can see why C could be correct. The wage increases for minimum wage workers will mean other workers will need to be paid more.

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I will go with C in absense of any other choice ... but i doubt weather minimum wages law is applicable to trainees,passage does't say anything about this.

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I also chose C but the OA is stated as B in this question

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Puma, whats the source of this question and whats the OE?

My reasoning is that in B, if some workers were paid illegally before the increase of min wages, they in all probability will continue to get paid the same dollars, as the the thing is illegally done in the first place....so this wont increase the number of workers with more money....the cause of inflation per this argument.

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Puma, whats the source of this question and whats the OE?

My reasoning is that in B, if some workers were paid illegally before the increase of min wages, they in all probability will continue to get paid the same dollars, as the the thing is illegally done in the first place....so this wont increase the number of workers with more money....the cause of inflation per this argument.

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i actually went with B..

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Evidence: Minimum wage has been increased. Very small portion r currently receiving less than KD5.50 per hr. Inflatioin will rise.
Conclusion: Change in minmum wages will be negligible.

We need to weaken the conclusion, that the change will indeed have an effect.

C.

A. Irrelevant.
B. Irrelevant, since we r not talking about illegal workers.
C. This will actually weaken the statement, b'coz 'many' business hire tranieers, and these traineers r at the minimum wages mark.
D. This actually supports the arg
E. i think it is irrelavant. Even if it is not, it would only strengthen the arg.

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i actually went with B..


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fresinha12 wrote:
i actually went with B..


When you post something...provide the explanation as well...


you are correct, however, i didnt post any reason cause i believe that C is correct after looking at all the posters reasons..

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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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Argument is minimum wage hike won't drive up inflation, because not everyone is getting the pay raise (only a small proportion of workers work at minimum wage).

C shows that a lot of other workers salaries are based on the minimum wage, and if it's increased, their salaries will increase as well, logically fueling inflation.

A is out of scope, we don't care long how long they've been employed for.
B is irrelevant as adding this piece of information doesn't change anything, ppl who make < minimum wage still account for a very small portion of workers.
D is tricky, it says wages have increased, but growth has as well-- hence inflation isn't likely.
E out of scope.
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IMO C

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 -->irrelevant
B. Some firms in Kirlandia have paid workers considerably less than KD5.00
per hour, in violation of kirlandic employment regulations -->strengthen: this will help keep the inflation rate low
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 -->weaken: this will help increase the inflation rate --> the best
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 -->no influence, just a fact has happened
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 --> out of scope

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When doing weaken questions, there will always be a couple of answer choices that strengthen the question as well. In this case, the only choice that weakens the argument is (C), since if many firms hire employees near the minimum wage rate, the effect of inflation may not be minimal.

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OA is B, I think OA wrong!
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How can OA be B..

Those firms who violate the law, will continue to violate the law no matter what the minimum wage is.
in such case, there is inflation.. which supports the argument..

Any supporters of B ?

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It's B.

B clearly weakens the argument (Inflation won't be impacted) by highlighting substantial gap as regards minimum wages.

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IMO D.
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It's B.

B clearly weakens the argument (Inflation won't be impacted) by highlighting substantial gap as regards minimum wages.


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

In B, it says that some firms ==> ok there will be no change in the salary of these workers, what about the firms who follow regulations and offer minimum wages. ==>It'll impact the inflation. Hence, Not B

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
It is talking about the trained workers, what about eh workers who just started. It may be possible that only 10% of the businesses has trained workers rest are just untrained workers or trainees.
==> Doesn't imply that it is not going to affect the average salary in the country.

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
==> These are the real sectors which are going to drive the inflation as these are the growth sectors of the economy. As they offer more than minimum wage salary, hence the regulation is not going to affect the inflation.

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