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 explain the closed system with a density enhancement?

2. How does Schelling predict nations will behave with regard to nuclear arms control?

3. What does Schelling say happens when the youngest ten percent of a population moves?

4. How many possibilities does Schelling say social scientists have to account for when charting binary choice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Micromotives and Macrobehavior was written in 1981, when race relations in the U.S. were tense in the aftermath of the civil rights movement of the sixties and seventies. While the book responded to the inflammatory situation by analyzing micromotives, the past three decades have seen race relations change in the U.S. What aspects of Schelling's analysis is still relevant in the atmosphere of race relations today, and what factors have caused them to change or evolve?

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