Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Schelling say the processes of separation, segregation, sharing, and mixing have in common?

2. What does Schelling say social scientists consider in behavior modeling?

3. What does Schelling say a proposition has to have in order to be true?

4. When does Schelling say social behavior can be considered a critical mass?

5. What does Schelling say individual behaviors have in economic analysis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What methodological difficulty does Schelling see in a college where the population is 75% female, with a handful of black students?

2. What is an externality?

3. What does Schelling say is the consequence of inadequate analysis of participants in an economic system?

4. What is the behavioral model that would make arms reduction a self-fulfilling prophecy?

5. What is the relationship between behaviors that can be modeled and free will, in Schelling's analysis?

6. What are some of the other traits Schelling says parents might be able to choose in the future?

7. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

8. What would the demographic consequences be, if parents could select the traits of their children?

9. What does Schelling say the thermostat model seeks?

10. How does Schelling use mathematical formulations to express his economic models of behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do Schelling's models of human behavior tell us about human nature? Do they tell us different things about individuals than they tell us about society? Do they delve into psychology, or are they still essentially economic in nature?

Essay Topic 2

Schelling's models seem to swing back and forth between literary metaphors and statistical methods. Is one predominant? Is one more or less reliable?

Essay Topic 3

Schelling writes that groups tend to gather around a primary distinction, but secondary distinctions still exist beneath the surface. Select a case study from history or from current events and describe the interplay between the dominant identifier and the relationship between sub-identifications within that group.

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