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 name does Schelling give to the effect people have on each other's behavior?

2. Why can the Golden Gate Bridge charge a double toll for traffic in one direction without fear of being unfair?

3. What does Schelling use his lecture to an audience of 800 people to illustrate?

4. What does the heating-system-like aspect of human behavior seek, in Schelling's analysis?

5. What does Schelling say the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an externality?

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

3. What is a closed model, in Schelling's analysis?

4. How does Schelling say technology has changed the number of genetic outcomes that can result when a man and a woman conceive?

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

6. What is the lemons model?

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

8. How many possible genetic variations can result when two people have a baby together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Tolerance is a desirable quality to identify in an economic model of behavior, but how would you define the value of tolerance in Schelling's models of integration? What would you know it by? What factors would indicate a 'tolerant' neighborhood or society?

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