A Supply Side Story for a Threshold Model: Endogenous Growth of the Free and Open Source Community
Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 781
37 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2011 Last revised: 30 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 7, 2011
The study of social institutions producing and disseminating knowledge has mainly concentrated on two main concepts: Science and Technology. This paper examines a recent institutional form that seems not to resemble either of the other two; that is, knowledge-intensive communities, where individuals freely exchange knowledge through information and communication technology. Using free and open source software as an example, we develop a model where this phenomenon is confronted with Technology with respect to its ability to attract researchers.
Keywords: free and open source software, science, technology, community, intellectual property rights
JEL Classification: O31, L86, L88
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