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# Which of the following, if true, provides evidence that most

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Which of the following, if true, provides evidence that most logically completes the
argument below?
According to a widely held economic hypothesis, imposing strict environmental
regulations reduces economic growth. This hypothesis is undermined by the fact that the
states with the strictest environmental regulations also have the highest economic growth.
This fact does not show that environmental regulations promote growth, however, since
______.
A. those states with the strictest environmental regulations invest the most in
education and job training
B. even those states that have only moderately strict environmental regulations have
higher growth than those with the least-strict regulations
C. many states that are experiencing reduced economic growth are considering
weakening their environmental regulations
D. after introducing stricter environmental regulations, many states experienced
increased economic growth
E. even those states with very weak environmental regulations have experienced at
least some growth

I did it wrong at first, but even after looking at AO I am still a little bit puzzled PLEASE explain your logic.
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14 Jun 2008, 01:28
C for me.

hypothesis: [strict regulations] reduce [growth].
the fact: states with [strict regulations] have the highest [growth].

if cause-effect relation in the fact is true, states with reduced [growth] have to enact [strict regulations], but C says opposite behavior:

C. many states .... reduced economic [growth] are considering
weakening ... [regulations]
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14 Jun 2008, 01:36
Hi walker!

I picked C too but OA is A ! It shoked me

And I can not understand the logic why OA is A...
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14 Jun 2008, 01:40
should be A
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This fact does not show that environmental regulations promote growth, however, since

so there is/are some thing else that is pushing the economy. Only A talks about the states with tough env. rules investing some where else and that might be the cause for economic growth.
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14 Jun 2008, 01:47
Thank you prasannar !

You confirmed my current thoughts concerning the AO
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14 Jun 2008, 02:15
What is a source of the question?
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14 Jun 2008, 02:21
walker wrote:
What is a source of the question?

I found it in net
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14 Jun 2008, 02:22
walker wrote:
C for me.

hypothesis: [strict regulations] reduce [growth].
the fact: states with [strict regulations] have the highest [growth].

if cause-effect relation in the fact is true, states with reduced [growth] have to enact [strict regulations], but C says opposite behavior:

C. many states .... reduced economic [growth] are considering
weakening ... [regulations]

At first, I also fell in the C trap. After reading carefully, I see that the way C says is exactly way that we use to attack the argument, but the nature in meaning, C do not say that.

I think C will be correct if C says: many states that are experiencing the highest economic growth are those with strictest their environmental regulations.

I bet that C win if C is mentioned above.

A assumes that education and training are killer promoting growth, not environmental regulations.
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14 Jun 2008, 02:32
In A we have to assume that the investments in education and job training result in economic growth. Judging this logic the correct answer can also sound like:

A. those states with the strictest environmental regulations invest the most in searching alien civilizations
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14 Jun 2008, 05:15
by POE I got to A
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21 Jun 2008, 08:59
walker wrote:
In A we have to assume that the investments in education and job training result in economic growth. Judging this logic the correct answer can also sound like:

A. those states with the strictest environmental regulations invest the most in searching alien civilizations

I agree with you that there is some assumption involved in A, but i think the clue here is words like "strickest" environmental regulation (among all states) ..... and invest the "most" in education and/or searching the aliens.....

so it tells me that these states having highest growth, strickest regulation .... also have some thing which is best among other states ..... could be a reason for growth ......

C on the other hand is speculative ... other states are thinking of weakning the regilations in hope of higher growth ... but may not get success.....
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21 Jun 2008, 12:44
states with highest e'reg have highest eco. growth. This does not mean that environmental regulations
promoted their growth. My pick is C.

quantum wrote:
Which of the following, if true, provides evidence that most logically completes the
argument below?
According to a widely held economic hypothesis, imposing strict environmental
regulations reduces economic growth. This hypothesis is undermined by the fact that the
states with the strictest environmental regulations also have the highest economic growth.
This fact does not show that environmental regulations promote growth, however, since
______.
A. those states with the strictest environmental regulations invest the most in
education and job training
B. even those states that have only moderately strict environmental regulations have
higher growth than those with the least-strict regulations
C. many states that are experiencing reduced economic growth are considering
weakening their environmental regulations

D. after introducing stricter environmental regulations, many states experienced
increased economic growth
E. even those states with very weak environmental regulations have experienced at
least some growth

I did it wrong at first, but even after looking at AO I am still a little bit puzzled PLEASE explain your logic.
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