Josh Lerner, Jean Tirole

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    3 Scopus citations


    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', can explain many of these projects' features. Aspects of the future of open source development process, however, remain somewhat difficult to predict with off-the-shelf' economic models.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationIntellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
    Number of pages37
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth
    ISSN (Print)1048-4736

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
    • Finance
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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