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John J. McConnell

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West Lafayette, IN

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Institutional Affiliation: Purdue University

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February 2018Death by Pokémon GO: The Economic and Human Cost of Using Apps While Driving
with Mara Faccio: w24308
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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