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"Schelling here offers an early analysis of 'tipping' in social situations involving a large number of individuals."--official citation for the 2005 Nobel Prize was originally published over twenty-five years ago, yet the stories it tells feel just as fresh today. And the subject of these stories--how small and seemingly meaningless decisions and actions by individuals often lead to significant unintended consequences for a large group--is more important than ever. In one famous example, Thomas C. Schelling shows that a slight-but-not-malicious preference to have neighbors of the same race eventually leads to completely segregated populations. The updated edition of this landmark book contains a new preface and the author's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

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This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1978 by Schelling, now a Nobel Prize Laureate for economics famous for his contributions to economic game theory, bargaining, and strategic behavior. In this volume he distilled his ideas concerning the aggregate effects of individual micro-behavior on large macro- outcomes for a general audience, including his theory of racial dynamics first outlined in his more technical, yet widely cited, 1971 paper "Dynamic Models of Segregation." Also included in the volume is his Nobel lecture, which provided a game theoretic perspective on the dynamics of nuclear weapons. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Before and there was this classic by the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics.

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Thomas C. Schelling is the co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He lives in Bethesda.

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Schelling, Thomas C.
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Sociology - General
Economics - General
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