Playing with Trolleys: Intuitions About the Permissibility of Aggregation

@article{Kelman2014PlayingWT,
  title={Playing with Trolleys: Intuitions About the Permissibility of Aggregation},
  author={Mark Kelman and Tamar Admati Kreps},
  journal={Experimental Studies eJournal},
  year={2014}
}
We explore when experimental subjects think aggregation across persons - deciding that some parties should be worse off, so that others might gain more, compared to an alternative option - is permissible through subjects' responses to trolley problem vignettes. Two classic vignettes are: (1) whether to divert a runaway trolley on to a spur track, killing one, to save multiple potential victims on a main track, and (2) whether to push an overweight person off a bridge to block the trolley from… Expand
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