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 example does Schelling use to illustrate decisions of the majority that can be known?

2. What does Schelling say might disappear if parents had the ability to choose their children's traits?

3. What does Schelling say is the goal of a binary choice model?

4. How many distinct sperm does Schelling say a man can produce?

5. What assumption does Schelling make about people's feelings about nuclear weapons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Schelling seems to be making the point that segregation may be a social problem, but it is being acted out by individuals. Is his account complete, or is there an extent to which social behaviors are influenced by institutions and ideologies and unofficial policies? What role do these things play in segregation?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed review of Micromotives and Macrobehavior. What are the book's main themes and preoccupations? What are its methods? How does it achieve its intentions? Where does it fail to?

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