A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source Software

14 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2011

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Chaim Fershtman

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

The open source model is a form of software development in which the source code is made available, free of charge, to all interested parties; further users have the right to modify and extend the program. Open source software (OSS) methods rely on developers who reveal the source code under an open source license. Under certain types of open source licenses, any further development using the source code must also be publicly disclosed. In this brief survey, we will focus on several key aspects of open source software.

Keywords: Digital Content, Intrinsic Motivation, Licenses, Open Source Software, R&D

JEL Classification: L17

Suggested Citation

Fershtman, Chaim and Gandal, Neil, A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source Software (June 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8434. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865584

Chaim Fershtman (Contact Author)

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Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University ( email )

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