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# Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the

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Teenagers are often priced out of the labor market by the government-mandated minimum-wage level because employers cannot afford to pay that much for extra help. Therefore, if Congress institutes a subminimum wage, a new lower legal wage for teenagers, the teenage unemployment rate, which has been rising since 1960, will no longer increase.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.
(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.
(D) The teenage unemployment rate rose more quickly in the 1970â€™s than it did in the 1960â€™s.
(E) The teenage unemployment rate has occasionally declined in the years since 1960.
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02 Aug 2005, 19:13
B.
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02 Aug 2005, 19:33
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02 Aug 2005, 20:24
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(C) Employers often hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons.

employers do not hire teenager not because they cannot afford
the minimum wage but because there are not always such needs for extra help. But when the needs does come, employers do hire extra help during holiday and warm weather seasons - irrespective of there is minimum wage or not.

BTW, can I say "irrespective of minimum wage" ?
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02 Aug 2005, 20:56
B.

Among all, B and E remain. If B implies other reasons as responsible factors for the increased unemplyoment rate, then it is the correct one.
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03 Aug 2005, 04:02
The real contest according to me is between A and B

(A) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen when the minimum wage has risen.

Here the minumum wage refers to the adult minimum wage because tennagers do not have minimum wage, the statement says if the wage for teenagers is decreased their unemployment rate will not increase, but on contrary here even though the adult min wage increases the teenage unemployment increases, which means wage is not the primary reason why teenagers unemployment rate increases. Looks good

(B) Since 1960 the teenage unemployment rate has risen even when the minimum wage remained constant.
Looks good but A is more convincing

I choose A
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04 Aug 2005, 16:00
HIMALAYA wrote:
B.

Among all, B and E remain. If B implies other reasons as responsible factors for the increased unemplyoment rate, then it is the correct one.

I felt (E) as more compelling since it says conveys that program will have no effect. What do you say?
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04 Aug 2005, 16:14
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04 Aug 2005, 21:03
jpv wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
B. Among all, B and E remain. If B implies other reasons as responsible factors for the increased unemplyoment rate, then it is the correct one.

I felt (E) as more compelling since it says conveys that program will have no effect. What do you say?

i took it this way: since the unemployment rate has increased inspite of constant wage rate, there might be some other reasons that has caused to increase the unemplyoment rate.

so far about E, it only says the unemplyoment rate has increased without saying nothing about the minimum wage. the minimum wage might have increased. so E is wrong.
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05 Aug 2005, 15:22
OA: B
I dont have any OE.
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