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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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The Demand Side: Assessing Trade-offs and Making Choices

The Demand Side: Assessing Trade-offs and Making Choices

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The Comingled Code

Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

The MIT Press

This chapter examines how users of open source software make the decision between open code and proprietary software. It provides insights into the structure of demand for software and how it relates to the characteristics of users and their perceptions about various costs associated with adopting particular software. The analysis reveals that open source and proprietary software are often comingled and that firms that market proprietary code are also likely to contribute to or sell open source code as product.

Keywords:   open source software, software users, demand for software, proprietary software, characteristics of users

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