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Block, Roberts, and Clarke offer a method for comparing ten labor standards across political jurisdictions. They then apply this method to the United States and Canada, an exercise that allows them to settle the long-running dispute over whether or not Canada has higher standards than the U.S., and if so, to what degree.


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  1. Introduction
  2. Labor Standards and Trade
  3. Definitions and Criteria
  4. Methods for Comparing Labor Standards
  5. The Results
  6. Summary and Conclusions


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LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Employment relationships; Unions and collective bargaining; Job security and unemployment dynamics; Wages, health insurance and other benefits; Minimum wage; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Unemployment insurance; Benefits and duration; Workers compensation and disability; Occupational health and safety

Labor Standards in the United States and Canada




Block, Richard N., Karen Roberts, and R. Oliver Clarke. 2003. Labor Standards in the United States and Canada. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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