Throughout European history famines have generally been followed by periods of rising wages, because when a labor for...

Anthony on May 27, 2021

Answers choices A & D

I was able to get the answer choices down to A & D. How do we eliminate A though? Is it because if there was increased medical care that saved a good amount of the population then you had more people that could work therefore the minimum wage would stay the same? Yeah just trying to understand how to eliminate answer choice A.

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Ashley on June 22, 2021

So there's an apparent discrepancy in the stimulus. Why isn't there a decrease in the wages if half of the total population is gone? I don't think you need to have an exact pre-phase before jumping into the answer choices, but I would question whether a reduction in the total population would necessarily have an impact on the availability of the labor force. If A were true, then it weakens the idea that the reduction in the total population had enough of an impact on able-bodied members of the workforce so much so that there was a labor shortage since these medical advances saved a good portion of them. As for D, the birth rate has no effect on the labor force even if it did make up for the loss in population due to the famine.

Ashley on June 22, 2021

at least, not so soon after the famine, even if it does in the future.