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 a proposition has to have in order to be true?

2. How many calls does the individual receive, in the aggregate, in Schelling's analysis?

3. What does Schelling say distinguishes the sociologist from other scientists?

4. What does Schelling say has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?

5. What tool does Schelling say social scientists use to describe behaviors such as human principles and household activities?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two important components of idealized models of integration and segregation, in Schelling's analysis?

3. Under what circumstances does Schelling say that chromosomal selection could be beneficial?

4. What natural preference does Schelling say leads to segregation of populations in American cities?

5. What kinds of subliminal factors does Schelling say affect people's decisions of where to sit?

6. What is an unconditional preference?

7. How does Schelling describe segregation?

8. What does Schelling say is the best use for the models he is describing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Schelling's Micromotives and Macrobehavior is grounded in the opposition between the individual's feelings and motives, and the aggregate society's behavior. How does Schelling resolve the tension or opposition between these two things? Can a social scientist analyze aggregate behavior from an aggregate perspective? What happens to the individual in the model for the society? Does this cause a problem for Schelling or any social scientist as someone who is describing phenomena that can only be seen in the aggregate?

Essay Topic 2

What is a positive kind of discrimination, and what tools does a society or a government have for reinforcing positive discrimination?

Essay Topic 3

Which has a bigger effect on society, the choices people can see, or the choices they make that cannot be seen?

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