The Determinants of Output Per Contributor in Open Source Projects: An Empirical Examination

26 Pages Posted: 4 May 2004

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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)

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Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

Using a unique dataset, we examine empirically which factors explain output per contributor in open source projects. We find that the output per contributor of open source programmes is much higher when licenses are less restrictive. Further examination suggests that the difference in output per contributor is in large part due to many more contributors for projects that employ restrictive licenses. The results suggest a status/signaling or ideological motivation for participation in open source projects with restrictive licenses.

Keywords: Open source, software, restrictive licenses, empirical study

JEL Classification: D20, L86

Suggested Citation

Fershtman, Chaim and Gandal, Neil, The Determinants of Output Per Contributor in Open Source Projects: An Empirical Examination (March 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4329. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=539783

Chaim Fershtman

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