The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond

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Josh Lerner; Jean Tirole;
  • Journal: Journal of Economic Perspectives,volume 19,issue 2 Spring,pages99-120
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1257/0895330054048678
  • Subject:
    • jel: jel:L8 | jel:O3

This paper reviews our understanding of the growing open source movement. We highlight how many aspects of open source software appear initially puzzling to an economist. As we have acknowledged, our ability to answer confidently many of the issues raised here questions... View more
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    2On web server software and Apache, see <> (accessed March 21, 2004). On the use of Linux in web server operating systems, see <,aid,112840,00.asp> (accessed March 31, 2004). On the use of Linux for embedded software, see <> (accessed March 21, 2004).

    3For the survey of chief information officers, see <> (accessed March, 21, 2004). On Linux software used for Google searches, see <> (accessed March 31, 2004).

    4The challenge is expected to be led by MySQL, which received a $16 million financing from the venture capital organizations Accel and Benchmark in 2003. MySQL provides its program for free under an open source license and for a substantial fee under a commercial license. See <> (accessed August 8, 2004).

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