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. How does Schelling describe a critical-mass behavior?

2. What does Schelling say most people will say about their driving?

3. What does Schelling say about Christmas cards?

4. Which example does Schelling say complicates the prospect of arriving at a definitive proposition?

5. How does Schelling characterize the individual's relationship with the society?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one consequence Schelling describes of parents being able to choose the sex of their children?

3. What factors influence how effective a proposition is, in Schelling's analysis?

4. Which U.S. presidents' decisions about nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

5. What is an externality?

6. What is the open model, in Schelling's analysis?

7. What is a semi-closed system?

8. What does Schelling say about discrimination?

9. What limitations does Schelling describe that restrict the effect of economic analysis of social behaviors?

10. What does Schelling say the thermostat model seeks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Schelling describes underlying assumptions as being difficult to account for in economic models of social behavior. What methods does Schelling use for making this accounting, and where does his social science begin to need psychological language for unconscious behaviors? In other words, what behaviors do Schelling's models still fail to account for, and is there a point beyond which these economic models cannot go, in estimating individual behavior or accounting for micromotives behind macrobehavior? Will there always be an ultimate 'theory of no guarantees' behind the models?

Essay Topic 2

Where are economic models and their concept of equilibrium useful? What kinds of behaviors do they help social scientists to influence? What kinds of behaviors are not accounted for in these mathematical-economic models?

Essay Topic 3

Which models are most convincing in predicting outcomes, and which models are least convincing? Describe a case where a model lines up neatly with phenomena, and another case where a model fails to account for behavior.

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