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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 Takeaways

The Takeaways

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The Comingled Code

Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

The MIT Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the potential impact of open source software on economic development. It discusses the importance of evaluating the trade-offs between the use of open source and proprietary software and explains some of the motivations for encouraging competition between open and proprietary software. It also explains the implications of the findings for corporate managers and offers a number of suggestions to encourage the research community to combine economic frameworks with an understanding of the open source phenomenon.

Keywords:   open source software, economic development, trade-offs, proprietary software, competition, corporate managers, economic frameworks

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