Death by Pokémon Go: The Economic and Human Cost of Using Apps While Driving

57 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2018

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Mara Faccio

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); National University of Singapore (NUS) - Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER)

John J. McConnell

Purdue University

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Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

Using police accident reports for Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and exploiting the introduction of the augmented reality game Pokémon GO as a natural experiment, we document a disproportionate increase in crashes and associated vehicular damage, injuries, and fatalities in the vicinity of locations where users can play the game while driving. We estimate the incremental county-wide cost of users playing Pokémon GO while driving to be in the range of $5.2 to $25.5 million over the 148 days following the introduction of the game. Extrapolating these estimates to nation-wide levels yields a total ranging from $2.0 to $7.3 billion.

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Suggested Citation

Faccio, Mara and McConnell, John J., Death by Pokémon Go: The Economic and Human Cost of Using Apps While Driving (February 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24308. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3189603

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