Economist:  Every business strives to increase its productivity, for this increases profits for the owners and the li...

Anonymous on July 25, 2014

A Little Help Please

Why isn't (A) the answer?

4 Replies

Melody on July 31, 2014

You can always click on the "play button" on the top right-hand corner of the screen to access the video explanation.

First we must ask ourselves, is this an argument or a set of facts? We are faced with an argument.

The conclusion is: "not all efforts to increase productivity are beneficial to the business as a whole."

Why? "Often attempts to increase productivity decrease the number of employees, which clearly harms the dismissed employees as well as the sense of security of the retained employees."

This is a Main Point question. We want to choose the answer choice that directly restates our conclusion.

Answer choice (A) states: "If an action taken to secure the survival of a business fails to enhance the welfare of the business's employees, that action cannot be good for the business as a whole."

Does this restate our conclusion? It clearly does not.

This answer choice doesn't even have to be true. We have no information on whether something enhances the welfare of a business's employees. All we know is that not all efforts to increase productivity are beneficial to the business as a whole because often attempts to increase productivity decrease the number of employees, which harms the dismissed employees as well as the sense of security of the retained employees.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Shahram on March 16, 2017

Dear Naz, This section (II) is supposed to have 25 answer key Q, however, there is only 15 answer key. Would you please let me how I may access the other ten answer key? It is greatly appreciated.

Mehran on March 18, 2017

Sorry for the inconvenience but can you please clarify what you are referring to here? Thanks!

Renna on July 24, 2017

it's not A because the point is not about the survival of a business, the point is how increasing productivity can hurt part of a business.