The open source movement: Key research questions

Josh Lerner*, Jean Tirole

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    The paper analyzes the incentives of individual programmers and of commercial companies to participate in open source projects. While these incentives are in our opinion well accounted for by the economic paradigm, much empirical and theoretical work is still needed to answer the many interesting questions suggested by the open source movement.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)819-826
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Economic Review
    Issue number4-6
    StatePublished - May 1 2001


    • Research and development
    • Software
    • Technological innovation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics


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