QUESTION TYPE: Argument Evaluation
CONCLUSION: Country F is dumping shrimp.
REASONING: Dumping is when you sell for less than the cost of production. Producers from country F are selling for less than the cost of production in country G.
ANALYSIS: The argument doesn’t say what cost of production means. Country F may have a different production cost than country G.
It’s possible that producers from country F are selling for more than the production cost in country F. In that case, it’s unclear whether they are dumping.
This is a rare question type.
- CORRECT. If Country F’s producers are selling above the cost of production in their country, they may not be dumping.
- Who cares whether dumping is harmful or not? The argument is trying to conclude that dumping happened, not whether it is good or bad.
- This talks about selling for a different price in different countries. That’s not dumping. Dumping is selling below production cost.
- We don’t care if shrimp producers make money. We only care whether they are dumping, which is selling below production cost.
- This doesn’t matter. As long as the price is below production cost, it’s dumping. Doesn’t matter whether it’s one cent or a thousand dollars.
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