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Private industry is trying to attract skilled research scientists by offering them high salaries. As a result, most research scientists employed in private industry now earn 50 percent more than do comparably skilled research scientists employed by the government. So, unless government-employed research scientists are motivated more by a sense of public duty than by their own interests, the government is likely to lose its most skilled research scientists to private industry, since none of these scientists would have problems finding private-sector jobs.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) Government research scientists are less likely to receive acknowledgment for their research contributions than are research scientists in the private sector.
(B) None of the research scientists currently employed by the government earns more than the highest-paid researchers employed in the private sector.
(C) The government does not employ as many research scientists who are highly skilled as does any large company in the private sector which employs research scientists.
(D) The government does not provide its research scientists with unusually good working conditions or fringe benefits that more than compensate for the lower salaries they receive.
(E) Research scientists employed in the private sector generally work longer hours than do researchers employed by the government.
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D seems viable: The government does not provide its research scientists with unusually good working conditions or fringe benefits that more than compensate for the lower salaries they receive.---->negation of D falters the argument !!
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Here, the gap would be that even if the government researchers are not paid as well there could be other motivating factors that would keep them in the public sector - best eliminated in answer choice (D).

Let's look at the incorrect answers:

(A) eliminates a benefit of sticking with the government sector and so strengthens the argument, but does not need to be true since it's not weighed against the salaries as is the benefit in answer choice (D).
(B) is too extreme. There could be an outlier and since this argument is about averages would not undermine the reasoning.
(C) is irrelevant. We do not care about how many researchers are in each group, just the incentive for researchers to move from the public sector to the private sector.
(E) undermines the argument from the get go and so cannot represent an assumption of the argument.
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main issue is salary and compensation here. and only option D addresses this issue, while option E talks about working hours.

on negating option D, the conclusion does not hold its ground.

hence D is the answer.
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this question has clear argument structure, and options are too obvious, A and B and C are strengthener
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Private industry is trying to attract skilled research scientists by offering them high salaries. As a result, most research scientists employed in private industry now earn 50 percent more than do comparably skilled research scientists employed by the government. So, unless government-employed research scientists are motivated more by a sense of public duty than by their own interests, the government is likely to lose its most skilled research scientists to private industry, since none of these scientists would have problems finding private-sector jobs.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Government research scientists are less likely to receive acknowledgement for their research contributions than are research scientists in the private sector. -The main point of argument is about the "money". We don't care about the acknowledgement.
(B) None of the research scientists currently employed by the government earns more than the highest-paid researchers employed in the private sector. -This is an extreme statement.
(C) The government does not employ as many research scientists who are highly skilled as does any large company in the private sector which employs research scientists. -We don't care about the # of scientists.
(D) The government does not provide its research scientists with unusually good working conditions or fringe benefits that more than compensate for the lower salaries they receive. -Correct. If the scientists aren't being compensated well by the government, then they would definitely switch.
(E) Research scientists employed in the private sector generally work longer hours than do researchers employed by the government. -We are not worried about the # of hours.
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