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Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Schelling describe discrimination?
(a) As the opposite of the free market.
(b) As a two-fold distinction.
(c) As a court of opinion and rumor.
(d) As an absolute preference.

2. What does Schelling say has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?
(a) Economists' desire for certain outcomes.
(b) Rhetoric of equality.
(c) The invisible hand of the market.
(d) Definition of terms.

3. What does Schelling say the number of bikes stolen is almost identical to?
(a) The number of bikes that cannot be fixed each year.
(b) The number of bikes reported stolen.
(c) One third of the number of bikes bought new.
(d) The number of bikes not reported stolen.

4. How does Schelling describe daylight savings time?
(a) As a self-enforcing convention.
(b) As a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(c) As a critical mass.
(d) As a self-displacing prophecy.

5. What does Schelling say the measles story is an example of?
(a) A critical-mass process.
(b) A paradoxical process.
(c) A public-health process.
(d) A counter-intuitive process.

6. Schelling says that it is hard to draw the line between "individually motivated" segregation and what?
(a) Ethnic aversions.
(b) Historical discrimination.
(c) Institutional or economic discrimination.
(d) Religious aversions.

7. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?
(a) Statistical insignificance.
(b) Statistical predictability.
(c) Mathematical equality.
(d) Randomness.

8. What does Schelling say people have a tendency to do?
(a) Put themselves in good positions.
(b) Be honest.
(c) Put others down.
(d) Hide from unpleasant facts.

9. What does Schelling say the processes of separation, segregation, sharing, and mixing have in common?
(a) Irrational behavior resulting in intelligible trends.
(b) Individuals suffer the effects of what is really mass behavior.
(c) Many chaotic events assuming order as they are narrated.
(d) Aggregate behaviors influenced by individual decisions.

10. What does Schelling say Hardin based his research on?
(a) People selling cars.
(b) Pollution.
(c) Ethnic populations moving into new neighborhoods.
(d) Cows grazing.

11. What additional reason does Schelling give for the desire to sit in the back of a theater?
(a) People want to be far from the stage.
(b) People want to watch people arrive.
(c) People want to be prepared to flee.
(d) People want to feel safe in the dark.

12. What is the first thing Schelling says a social behavior model can be?
(a) A hypothetical explanation of individual's motives.
(b) A precise statement of a set of relationships.
(c) A flow chart.
(d) A form of accounting.

13. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?
(a) An appropriate level.
(b) Relief from tension.
(c) Perpetual comfort.
(d) Emptiness.

14. How does Schelling describe the Golden Gate Bridge?
(a) As an open system.
(b) As a semi-closed system.
(c) As a static equilibrium.
(d) As a closed system.

15. What does Schelling say about discrimination?
(a) It is always offensive.
(b) It is generally accepted.
(c) It is not necessarily malicious.
(d) It is a paradox.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?

2. What does Schelling say about the frequency of pairs?

3. What does Schelling say the farmer needs to know?

4. What does Schelling say about human desire?

5. What does Schelling say race discrimination is caused by?

(see the answer keys)

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