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 fear does Schelling say informs the behavior that is ingrained in people's decisions where to sit in a theater?

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

3. What example does Schelling use to show discrimination in an atypical light?

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

5. What additional explanation does Schelling offer for seat selection?

Short Essay Questions

1. What distinction does Schelling draw between decisions other people have made?

2. In what way does a thermostat mirror the behaviors of many systems, in Schelling's analysis?

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

4. How do economic systems resemble ant colonies, in Schelling's analysis?

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

6. What does Schelling say the thermostat model seeks?

7. What aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

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

9. What is the lemons model?

10. Where does the equivalence of terms in an economic break down, in Schelling's analysis?

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

What are the risks and benefits of using numerical analysis in models of human behavior?

Essay Topic 3

Can you speak accurately about the character of a people based on any particular model? Or can you only speak accurately about individuals whose motives you know and whose behavior you have discussed with them? Put another way, what are the limits of the kind of knowledge Schelling practices in Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

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