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# Of the countries that were the world's twenty largest

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Of the countries that were the world's twenty largest exporters in 1953,
four had the same share of total world exports in 1984 as in 1953.
These countries can therefore serve as models for those countries that wish tokeep their share of the global export trade stable over the years.
Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the
suitability of those four countries as models in the sense described?
(A) Many countries wish to increase their share of world export trade,
notjust keep it stable.
(B) Many countries are less concerned with exports alone than with he
balance between exports and imports.
(C) With respect to the mix of products each exports, the four
countries arevery different from each other.
(D) Of the four countries, two had a much larger, and two had a much
smaller, share of total world exports in 1970 than in 1984.
(E) The exports of the four countries range from 15 percent to 75
percent of the total national output.

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12 May 2003, 15:39
vitalstatix wrote:
Of the countries that were the world's twenty largest exporters in 1953,
four had the same share of total world exports in 1984 as in 1953.
These countries can therefore serve as models for those countries that wish tokeep their share of the global export trade stable over the years.
Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the
suitability of those four countries as models in the sense described?
(A) Many countries wish to increase their share of world export trade,
notjust keep it stable.
(B) Many countries are less concerned with exports alone than with he
balance between exports and imports.
(C) With respect to the mix of products each exports, the four
countries arevery different from each other.
(D) Of the four countries, two had a much larger, and two had a much
smaller, share of total world exports in 1970 than in 1984.
(E) The exports of the four countries range from 15 percent to 75
percent of the total national output.

Ok....

Did you mean to include the answer?

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12 May 2003, 16:29
vitalstatix wrote:
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yes, I saw it; I was wondering if you meant to put it there - I just like the guessing game...

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12 May 2003, 16:55
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vitalstatix wrote:
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yes, I saw it; I was wondering if you meant to put it there - I just like the guessing game...

No I didnt mean to . Thats why I changed so that it would be helpful for people in future.. thanks anyway

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15 Jun 2005, 02:04
Can somebody explain why the answer is D?

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15 Jun 2005, 06:13

Just by matching the export of 1953 and 1984 does not gurantee that they have a stable export. Answer D says that the numbers were not stable during the period of 1953 and 1984, they just happened to match in these two exact years. If that's the case, they can not serve as a model for others.

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15 Jun 2005, 08:41
I'll go with D. If two ocountries had a larger share of total world exports in 1970 compared to 1984, it means thier total export has shrunk over the 14 yrs. If so, the conclusion that these 4 countries serve as models for maintaing a stable export is not true.

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