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The causes of worker displacement have been the subject of little empirical research, with the unsurprising result that not much is known about them. In contrast, considerably more is known about the incidence and consequences of worker displacement. With respect to the incidence of displacement, the author thinks it is accurate to say that there exists much more comprehensive evidence on the types of workers who experience displacement in the United States than in Canada, primarily because there is a long series of Displaced Workers Surveys for the United States but not for Canada. Fortunately, this disparity in evidence between the two countries is no longer as great with respect to the consequences of worker displacement.
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