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Some Simple Economics of Open Source


Jean Tirole


University of Toulouse 1 - Industrial Economic Institute (IDEI); University of Toulouse 1 - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Mathématique et Quantitative (GREMAQ); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Josh Lerner


Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 197-234, June 2002

Abstract:     
There has been a recent surge of interest in open source software development, which involves developers at many different locations and organizations sharing code to develop and refine programs. To an economist, the behavior of individual programmers and commercial companies engaged in open source projects is initially startling. This paper makes a preliminary exploration of the economics of open source software. We highlight the extent to which labor economics, especially the literature on 'career concerns', and industrial organization theory can explain many of these projects' features. We conclude by listing interesting research questions related to open source software.

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Date posted: November 14, 2002  

Suggested Citation

Tirole, Jean and Lerner, Josh, Some Simple Economics of Open Source. Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 197-234, June 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=313493

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Jean Tirole
University of Toulouse 1 - Industrial Economic Institute (IDEI) ( email )
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University of Toulouse 1 - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Mathématique et Quantitative (GREMAQ) ( email )
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Toulouse, 31000
France
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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United Kingdom
Josh Lerner (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
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617-496-7357 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.people.hbs.edu/jlerner/
Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit
Cambridge, MA 02163
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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