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 additional factors does Schelling say contribute to population preferences?

2. What does Schelling celebrate in the beginning of the final chapter of Micromotives and Macrobehavior?

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

4. What does Schelling say is the best use of sorting and mixing models?

5. Why does Schelling say the U.S. did not have to use nuclear weapons in Kuwait?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Schelling writes that groups tend to gather around a primary distinction, but secondary distinctions still exist beneath the surface. Select a case study from history or from current events and describe the interplay between the dominant identifier and the relationship between sub-identifications within that group.

Essay Topic 3

Tolerance is a desirable quality to identify in an economic model of behavior, but how would you define the value of tolerance in Schelling's models of integration? What would you know it by? What factors would indicate a 'tolerant' neighborhood or society?

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