Politicians often advocate increased overall economic productivity while ignoring its drawbacks. For example, attempt...

Emily on August 24, 2018


Kind of confused with this one.


Mehran on August 25, 2018

Hi @EmilyMarieMenendez, thanks for your post.

Let's first assess the stimulus. This one presents an argument. The conclusion is "attempting to increase productivity in the economy as a whole may benefit business owners, but will increase the number of unemployed workers." What is the support (premise) for this conclusion? "Attempting to increase the productivity of a corporation means attempting to increase its profitability, which typically leads to a reduction in the number of workers employed by that corporation."

The problem is that the conclusion is about the economy as a whole. The premise is about a (single) corporation. This is a part vs. whole flaw.

This is an Errors in Reasoning question. Answer choice (B) accurately describes the flaw in the argument: it "fails to justify its presumption that attempting to increase productivity in the economy as a whole would produce results similar to those produced by attempting to increase productivity in a single corporation."

Hope this helps to clarify!

Emily on August 25, 2018

Makes perfect sense now. Thank you!