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 the "tipping" critical-mass model first described?

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

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

4. What does Schelling say people feel in a "bounded-neighborhood" model?

5. What does Schelling say is important in economics?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Schelling, what is not included in his model of integration and segregation?

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

3. What factors does Schelling say social scientists have to account for in models of human behavior?

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

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

6. How does Schelling describe nuclear weapons in his final chapter?

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

8. What does Schelling say segregation and separation, sharing and mixing have in common?

9. What is the key factor in the critical-mass model?

10. In what way does a thermostat mirror the behaviors of many systems, 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 does Schelling mean when he says that systems strive for equilibrium? Use an example of a system that naturally seeks equilibrium--and define that equilibrium--and describe a natural system that does not seek equilibrium. What do the exceptions show about the general tendency?

Essay Topic 3

How has Schelling's economic modeling changed in an age of data mining and news aggregators and other digital techniques for gathering and sifting enormous amounts of information? Is it that more people have access to aggregate patterns? Or that new kinds of control are possible now?

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