The Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Vedder 1999) employed a wage differential approach to calculate costs of prevailing wages on Michigan government construction. The author used a sample of wages paid in the Detroit area suburbs to calculate a 40% diff
erence between market and prevailing rates, a premium that would, hypothetically, drive up construction costs in Michigan by 10%. 9 Applying this 10% to state construction costs and non-construction capital outlays resulted in an estimate of $275 million in additional costs due to state prevailing wages.
Your discussion section should generalize on what you have learned from your research. One way to generalize is to explain the consequences or meaning of your results and then make your points that support and refer back to the statements you made in your introduction. Your discussion should be organized so that it relates directly to your thesis. You want to avoid introducing new ideas here or discussing tangential issues not directly related to the exploration and discovery of your thesis. This section, along with the introduction, is usually written in present tense.
Direct Quote : A direct quote is when you use another persons words directly in your paper. Knowing when to use a direct quote is important. Do not quote everything you want to say. Most things should be paraphrased. Use a direct quote when you want the reader to read an important historical line or it is something someone said that is important. Use direct quotes sparingly, there should only be a few in the paper and they better be good ones. The key difference in citing a direct quote is that you must put quotation marks around the sentence and then cite at the end. IF YOU FAIL TO USE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND A DIRECT QUOTE YOU ARE SAYING YOU WROTE THE SENTENCE. THIS IS PLAGIARISM!!! More information on direct quotes and direct quotes over four lines to follow.