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 aspect of the history of nuclear weapons does Schelling describe?

2. What does Schelling say might be a demographic consequence of parents choosing their children's traits?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Schelling's Micromotives and Macrobehavior is grounded in the opposition between the individual's feelings and motives, and the aggregate society's behavior. How does Schelling resolve the tension or opposition between these two things? Can a social scientist analyze aggregate behavior from an aggregate perspective? What happens to the individual in the model for the society? Does this cause a problem for Schelling or any social scientist as someone who is describing phenomena that can only be seen in the aggregate?

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

Choose an event out of a newspaper or magazine, describe the primary model at work in it, and describe the underlying assumptions as well as the externalities and extra factors that are evident in the event.

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