Micromotives and Macrobehavior Test | Final Test - Hard

Thomas Schelling
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do hockey players fear in regard to the issue of wearing helmets, in Schelling's analysis?

2. What does Schelling say would be the result of chromosomal selection that allowed parents to select for high-IQ children?

3. How does Schelling account for people's decision to join the majority or follow their own path?

4. What does the success of a binary choice model depend on, in Schelling's analysis?

5. What U.S. President decided not to use nuclear weapons in Kuwait?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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