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# Twelve years ago and again five years ago, there were

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28 Aug 2011, 00:46
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Twelve years ago and again five years ago, there were extended periods when the Darfir Republic’s currency, the pundra, was weak: its value was unusually low relative to the world’s most stable currencies. Both times a weak pundra made Darfir’s manufactured products a bargain on world markets, and Darfir’s exports were up substantially. Now some politicians are saying that, in order to cause another similarly sized increase in exports, the government should allow the pundra to become weak again.

Which of the following, if true, provides the government with the strongest grounds to doubt that the politicians’ recommendation, if followed, will achieve its aim?

A) Several of the politicians now recommending that the pundra be allowed to become weak made that same recommendation before each of the last two periods of currency weakness.

B) After several decades of operating well below peak capacity, Darfir’s manufacturing sector is now operating at near-peak levels.

C) The economy of a country experiencing a rise in exports will become healthier only if the country’s currency is strong or the rise in exports is significant.

D) Those countries whose manufactured products compete with Darfir’s on the world market all currently have stable currencies.

E) A sharp improvement in the efficiency of Darfir’s manufacturing plants would make Darfir’s products a bargain on world markets even without any weakening of the pundra relative to other currencies.

I have a doubt regarding choice E.generally Powerscore CR Bible recommends that to weaken a CR an alternate caouse should be present for the desired effect

politicians reason that: weaken currency(cause) -> exports up again (effect)
so in choice E we present so other cause "improvement in the efficiency of Darfir’s manufacturing plants " to impreve the exports...

This question has been discussed a lot in other forums but i just want to know why choice E is wrong.

One can see Ron's explanation in below forum
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/tough-cr-t2329.html
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28 Aug 2011, 01:22
Devaluing the currency will make the country manufacturers more competitive in the world market, increasing export sales.

Of course, gov has many policies to boost export sales: increase productivity, ease credit criteria... but the argument just talks about currency value. Hence the point in E does not directly attack the conclusion so it should not be chosen.

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28 Aug 2011, 02:41
well i am confused.What about the method used by the Powerscope.an alternate explanation for the desired effect.

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28 Aug 2011, 03:18
mrinal2100 wrote:
Twelve years ago and again five years ago, there were extended periods when the Darfir Republic’s currency, the pundra, was weak: its value was unusually low relative to the world’s most stable currencies. Both times a weak pundra made Darfir’s manufactured products a bargain on world markets, and Darfir’s exports were up substantially. Now some politicians are saying that, in order to cause another similarly sized increase in exports, the government should allow the pundra to become weak again.

Which of the following, if true, provides the government with the strongest grounds to doubt that the politicians’ recommendation, if followed, will achieve its aim?

A) Several of the politicians now recommending that the pundra be allowed to become weak made that same recommendation before each of the last two periods of currency weakness.

B) After several decades of operating well below peak capacity, Darfir’s manufacturing sector is now operating at near-peak levels.

C) The economy of a country experiencing a rise in exports will become healthier only if the country’s currency is strong or the rise in exports is significant.

D) Those countries whose manufactured products compete with Darfir’s on the world market all currently have stable currencies.

E) A sharp improvement in the efficiency of Darfir’s manufacturing plants would make Darfir’s products a bargain on world markets even without any weakening of the pundra relative to other currencies.

I have a doubt regarding choice E.generally Powerscore CR Bible recommends that to weaken a CR an alternate caouse should be present for the desired effect

politicians reason that: weaken currency(cause) -> exports up again (effect)
so in choice E we present so other cause "improvement in the efficiency of Darfir’s manufacturing plants " to impreve the exports...

This question has been discussed a lot in other forums but i just want to know why choice E is wrong.

One can see Ron's explanation in below forum
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/tough-cr-t2329.html

This question and in fact >90% GMAT Prep, OG, MGMAT questions are discussed in gmatclub.com.

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Re: Weaken Conclusion   [#permalink] 28 Aug 2011, 03:18
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