Trolley Problems

19 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2014 Last revised: 5 Dec 2014

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F. E. Guerra-Pujol

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico; University of Central Florida

Date Written: November 25, 2014


This paper proposes a novel and probabilistic solution to the famous “trolley problem” in moral philosophy. In short, we would solve the trolley problem by conducting an auction from behind a veil of ignorance.

Keywords: Auction, Coase Theorem, Free Riding, Thought Experiment, Second-Order Thought Experiment, Trolley Problem, Veil of Ignorance

JEL Classification: A12, A13, B31, D63, D74, K14

Suggested Citation

Guerra-Pujol, F. E., Trolley Problems (November 25, 2014). Drake Law Review Discourse, vol. 63 (2014), pp. 101-119, Available at SSRN:

F. E. Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )

University of Central Florida ( email )

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