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Do Mobiles Take our Lives Away? An Empirical Analysis of Global Data

Bilal Mehmood and Saddam Ilyas
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Bilal Mehmood: Department of Economics, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan.
Saddam Ilyas: Department of Economics, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan.

International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research (IJEER), 2015, vol. 3, issue 11, 526-531

Abstract: Purpose: World over, mobile communication has shown a mushrooming growth over the last two decades. Use of mobile has transformed into a necessity from a luxury. Side by side, there is substantial increase in vehicles usage, due to their mass production. Despite the fact they seem to be two separate strands of development of modern era, a relationship between them is not out of question. Increased mobile communication can be attributed as a reason of increasing road accidents and hence loss of lives. Methodology: Accordingly, this paper intends to examine the above-mentioned hypothesized relationship between mobile communication and traffic deaths. Data for mobile communication shall be taken from International Telecommunication Union (ITU). While for data on traffic death rate shall be borrowed from World Health Organization (WHO). However, other variables also have a role to play in causing traffic deaths. Findings: These will also be included to develop a comprehensive framework of analysis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind that explicitly constructs an empirical framework for mobile communication and traffic deaths. Depending on the availability of data, countries shall be selected. To conduct statistical analysis of the relevant variables, suitable descriptive and inferential techniques shall be chosen once the data is finalized. Recommendations: Policy implications shall be made on the basis of findings from empirical analysis.

Keywords: Mobile usage; ICT; Road accidents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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