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The Comingled CodeOpen Source and Economic Development$
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Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014632

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014632.001.0001

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Software and Growth

Software and Growth

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(p.15) 2 Software and Growth
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The Comingled Code
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Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014632.003.0002

This chapter examines the importance of computer software, particularly open source software, in economic development. It analyzes how open source software fit into the framework of growth theory and explains that software’s reach extends far beyond the software industry. It also mentions that much of the innovation in software sprang from firms in other industries that have embodied software into products and processes and discusses the potential of open source model of software development to solve the conundrum of the new growth theory as it applies to software.

Keywords:   computer software, open source software, economic development, software industry, open source model, software development, growth theory

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