The Incentive to Participate in Open Source Projects: A Signaling Approach
22 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2005
Date Written: October 2005
This paper examines the incentives of programmers to contribute to open source software projects on a voluntary basis. In particular, the paper looks at how this incentive changes as (i) performance becomes more visible to the relevant audience, (ii) effort has a stronger impact on performance, and (iii) performance becomes more informative about talent. In all three cases, it is shown that the answer depends on whether we start from a stable or unstable interior equilibrium.
Keywords: open source, signalling
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