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 has to be closely attended to, in economic analysis?

2. What does Schelling say is the goal of his model for describing segregation?

3. What example from nature does Schelling contrapose to human decisions?

4. What does Schelling ultimately say about a decision such as where to sit in a theater?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a binary choice?

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

4. How is nuclear arms control a self-fulfilling prophecy, in Schelling's analysis/

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

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

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

8. What are the nine ways Schelling describes by which propositions can be constrained successfully?

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

10. What does Schelling say is the trigger for the decisions that lead to segregation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose an event out of a newspaper or magazine, describe the primary model at work in it, and describe the underlying assumptions as well as the externalities and extra factors that are evident in the event.

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