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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?

With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
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.
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
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.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.
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06 Aug 2011, 21:29
D for me.

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07 Aug 2011, 10:15
Conclusion: Publicly owned things are in better condition than privately owned
Evidence: study supports the numbers, maintenance cost would be spread across all members

which of the following if true... would best explain... means this is an assumption question.

What is unstated - that the rising maintenance costs will prevent public users from damaging the boats further

Ans. D supports the argument well.
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07 Aug 2011, 11:59
With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner. THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN PRIVATE AND GROUP. HENCE IT CAN NOT SUPPLY ANSWER TO WHY GROUP (G)> PRIVATE (P)
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. SO IF IT DIFFICULT THAN G MEMBERS COULD DAMAGE BOATS WITHOUT ANY NEED TO PAY FOR REPARINIG THEM. WHICH MEANS THAT IN THAT CASE P>G
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.NOT HOING ANY RELATION BETWEEN G AND P AND OUT OF SCOPE.
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. COMPARES BETWEEN G AND P AND EXPLAINS Y G>P. IF COST OF HOLDING A BOAT IN G CAN OUTWIGHT THE BENEFITS THAN IT IS POSSIBLE THAT MEMBERS OF G KEEPS THE BOAT IN BETTER POSITION THAN P.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats. THE RESOLVING SHOULD BE DERIVED FROM THE QUESTION (200/370)AND NOT FROM THE TOTAL NUMBERS.
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11 Aug 2011, 00:56
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06 Dec 2012, 19:30
This one was tricky and went with E.

bschool83 wrote:
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?

With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
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.
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
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.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.
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31 Aug 2013, 00:11
Reopening the question for further discussion. I am confused between option C and D.

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?

With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
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.
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
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.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.
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31 Aug 2013, 08:27
swati007 wrote:
Reopening the question for further discussion. I am confused between option C and D.

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?

With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
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.
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
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.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.

This is solved largely by POE.
It cannot be c because the time period of repairs is irrelevant here.
Option d however, is correct because it explains why other members would cause less damage as it is in their best interest. Hence, sailboat owned by Bayside recreation league are in better shape.
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bschool83 wrote:
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?

With private sailboats, both the costs and the benefits of avoiding any repairs fall to the individual owner.
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.
Routine inspections and repairs of recreation league sailboats are conducted during the winter months, not during the May – September sailing season.
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.
There are many more private sailboats than cooperatively-owned sailboats.

IMO (d)
(a)Incorrect
(b)Incorrect-cost can be spread among all the users as mentioned for recreatonal equipment..opposing the argument
(c)out of scope-Incorrect
(d)Correct-If even a small damage is done to the recreation league boats and the user doesnt pay the cost of it...others will repeat it and the maintenance cost will increase drastically...and each user will be charged a hefty amount of money...to avoid paying such large amount of money each person will use it carefully... so they are in better condition.
(e)Incorrect-Doesn't explain why recreational boats are in better condition to privately owned boats...

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