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Smith argued that recreational equipment owned in common

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Smith argued that recreational equipment owned in common by community members would always be used less carefully than would private recreational equipment. Each member would have an incentive to overuse the equipment and leave any damage unreported because the benefit would accrue to the individual, while the costs of maintaining, repairing, and replacing the equipment would be spread among all users. But a study comparing 200 sailboats owned cooperatively by the Bayside Recreation League and 370 sailboats owned privately showed that the recreation league sailboats were in better condition.

Which of the following, if true and known by the Bayside members, would best help explain the results of the study?

A, With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
B, For boats that are used by many different people, it is difficult to attribute the costs of maintenance and repair to the wear and tear caused by any individual user.
C, Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
D, If one Bayside member causes even minor damage to a sailboat without paying for the repair, other members will do so even more, and the costs to each user will outweigh the benefits.
E, There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.

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02 Aug 2014, 00:48
Smith argued that recreational equipment owned in common by community members would always be used less carefully than would private recreational equipment. Each member would have an incentive to overuse the equipment and leave any damage unreported because the benefit would accrue to the individual, while the costs of maintaining, repairing, and replacing the equipment would be spread among all users. But a study comparing 200 sailboats owned cooperatively by the Bayside Recreation League and 370 sailboats owned privately showed that the recreation league sailboats were in better condition.

although there is a reason to justify the better usage of private owned recreational equipments than the public ones, the condition of these equipments is worse than the equipments owned cooperatively.
in the argument with comparison structure, it is assumed that all conditions of the two cases compared are similar.
to explain the contradiction, we can consider that the initial condition of the two cases were not comparable.
I didn't read the question stem carefully and chose C.
by considering the question stem, D is the correct answer! which is an exception of the stated premise
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Re: Smith argued that recreational equipment owned in common  [#permalink]

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This is my new project: Renew Old Thread => Back to basic => Just try It and give your reasoning
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Smith argued that recreational equipment owned in common by community members would always be used less carefully than would private recreational equipment. Each member would have an incentive to overuse the equipment and leave any damage unreported because the benefit would accrue to the individual, while the costs of maintaining, repairing, and replacing the equipment would be spread among all users. But a study comparing 200 sailboats owned cooperatively by the Bayside Recreation League and 370 sailboats owned privately showed that the recreation league sailboats were in better condition.

Which of the following, if true and known by the Bayside members, would best help explain the results of the study?

A, With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
B, For boats that are used by many different people, it is difficult to attribute the costs of maintenance and repair to the wear and tear caused by any individual user.
C, Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
D, If one Bayside member causes even minor damage to a sailboat without paying for the repair, other members will do so even more, and the costs to each user will outweigh the benefits.
E, There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.

We need something that says the cost also accrue to the individual in this case , that's why the recreation league sailboats were in better condition. D says that the costs to individual > the benefits to individual , while in common case, the costs to individual < the benefits to individual. So D is the answer.
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