Canada’s perpetual constitutional wrangling aside, the division of powers between the provinces and the federal government has unintended benefits for social science research: cross-sectional and time-series variation in policy. Since labor standards are in the provincial domain, the possibility for variation in minimum wage policy exists, and Canada is a potentially important “laboratory” for studying the impact of minimum wage laws on the labor market. Whether lessons learned from Canadian experience can be extended to Latin America is a different matter. The first prerequisite is that there are Canadian lessons to pass along. A second would be that the labor market institutions and minimum wage laws in Latin America bear some similarity to Canadian experience. Caveats about answers aside, the types of questions one would ask regarding minimum wages can more easily be extended from the Canadian to the Latin American context.


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