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# Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now

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Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now than previously. If the economy grows, the demand for motivated and educated people will far outstrip the supply. Some companies have already started to respond to this labor-market situation by finding better ways to keep their current employees. Their concern is a sure indicator that the economy is growing.

Which of the following is the best criticism of the politician’s reasoning?

(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place.

(B) The fact that some companies now try harder to keep their employees does not mean that they used to be indifferent to employee morale.

(C) The fact that demand will outstrip supply does not mean that there will be no supply at all.

(D) The fact that the number of new entrants into the labor market is declining does not mean that the number of new entrants is lower than it has ever been.

(E) The fact that current employees have become more valuable to some companies does not mean that those employees will do their jobs better than they used to.

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17 Apr 2009, 11:27
A.

The politician concludes that the concern is a sure indicator of growth in economy. But the fact that some companies are taking steps to retain employees does not mean that the economy has already started growing.
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17 Apr 2009, 23:13
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A. Q is abt the current situation.
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19 Apr 2009, 12:01
Hi mates,

IMO A

the argument of the politician is that because companies are looking for new ways to keep their employees, economy is growing. But what if companies just do that as a prevision? therefore that behavior of the comapnies is not an indicator of the economy's growth

OA and Source?

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21 Apr 2009, 11:52
Yes, A is the OA.

But how did you attack the argument? Could you elucidate the holistic logic behind?
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10 Jun 2009, 04:03
It's A for me.

This is the key for attacking the argument - "a sure indicator of growth in economy".
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26 Apr 2010, 07:36
Can someone explain what's wrong with E ?
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26 Apr 2010, 07:48
E is irrelevant. If the company is taking measures, it is to address the future shortage. It does not matter how efficiently/good they work now, but they should be prepared for predicted change. Hope that helps ..

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Can someone explain what's wrong with E ?
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26 Apr 2010, 11:51
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(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place. - Correct Answer. Explains current situation and the identifies the gap in reasoning

(B) The fact that some companies now try harder to keep their employees does not mean that they used to be indifferent to employee morale. - Employee Morale not discussed.

(C) The fact that demand will outstrip supply does not mean that there will be no supply at all. - irrelevent

(D) The fact that the number of new entrants into the labor market is declining does not mean that the number of new entrants is lower than it has ever been. - Not comparing with new entrants 'ever'

(E) The fact that current employees have become more valuable to some companies does not mean that those employees will do their jobs better than they used to. - no comparison made among new and current employees performance
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26 Apr 2010, 13:48
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Politician: Fewer people are entering the labor market now than previously. If the economy grows, the demand for motivated and educated people will far outstrip the supply. Some companies have already started to respond to this labor-market situation by finding better ways to keep their current employees. Their concern is a sure indicator that the economy is growing.

Which of the following is the best criticism of the politician’s reasoning?

(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place.- The companies are making preparation for future development but the economy growth is not yet started. this statmt is best criticism of politician reasoning.
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28 Apr 2011, 05:05
I would have gone ahead with A.

But also need to understand precisely why not D? Any feedback?
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28 Apr 2011, 05:05
The answer is A - the companies might be aiming for contingencies, or simplyy trying to bolster their payroll/HR quality by retaining good people.
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28 Apr 2011, 08:15
I'll go with A. Wording was a little tricky but concept was clear.
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28 Apr 2011, 08:48
Except A no other options are really touching the point.
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28 Apr 2011, 22:14
Everyone who posted the answer solved it correctly. So, if this were a GMAT question, the GMAT software will classify it as a 500 level problem.

How many assumptions can you spot in my reasoning? I counted 6 :D
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16 Jun 2011, 09:17
only A discusses about growth of economy
other options does not even include the words growth of economy
hence all are irrelevent except A.
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01 Sep 2011, 16:55
Which of the following is the best criticism of the politician’s reasoning?

(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place.

The best choice is A - as A attacks the premises adequately on which the conclusion is based. The other choices are either irrelevant or out of scope.
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02 May 2012, 05:49
prabir2001 wrote:
(A) The fact that companies are making prudent preparations for a possible future development does not mean that this development is already taking place. - Correct Answer. Explains current situation and the identifies the gap in reasoning

(B) The fact that some companies now try harder to keep their employees does not mean that they used to be indifferent to employee morale. - Employee Morale not discussed.

(C) The fact that demand will outstrip supply does not mean that there will be no supply at all. - irrelevent

(D) The fact that the number of new entrants into the labor market is declining does not mean that the number of new entrants is lower than it has ever been. - Not comparing with new entrants 'ever'

(E) The fact that current employees have become more valuable to some companies does not mean that those employees will do their jobs better than they used to. - no comparison made among new and current employees performance

the answer imo should always "logically and reasonably" criticize the politician's reasoning.
all the answer choices other than (A) don't "criticize" because they are either too irrelevant
or too weak...

therefor, answer (A) which seems to clearly capture the essence of the politician's
statement and then goes on to counter the reasoning...
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02 May 2012, 05:52
zz0vlb wrote:
Can someone explain what's wrong with E ?

because imo (E) does not criticize the politician's statement... it may be
criticizing something but not the statement in question....
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02 May 2012, 10:22
In the weaken question, first of all look at the conclusion. The conclusion here is "Their concern is a sure indicator that the economy is growing". On the basis of the information that some companies have started to retain the current employees , the politician concludes that the economy is growing.

Or the politician assumes that the companies have already started retaining the employees means that economy is growing .
If we can attach this assumption of the argument ,then the argument will be weakened.
A does the same.
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