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. Under what condition would the population not be constrained by a mathematical identity after the youngest ten percent of a population moved away?

2. What additional factors does Schelling say contribute to population preferences?

3. What can a closed system with a density enhancement include, in Schelling's analysis?

4. What does Schelling say are continuous variables?

5. How can one gather information about the choice of the majority, in Schelling's example?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the risks and benefits of using numerical analysis in models of human behavior?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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