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The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development

Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman


Discussions of the economic impact of open source software often generate more heat than light. Advocates passionately assert the benefits of open source while critics decry its effects. Missing from the debate is rigorous economic analysis and systematic economic evidence of the impact of open source on consumers, firms, and economic development in general. This book fills that gap, drawing on a new, large-scale database to show that open source and proprietary software interact in sometimes unexpected ways, and discussing the policy implications of these findings. The new data (from a range ... More

Keywords: open source, economic analysis, consumers, firms, economic development, proprietary software, developers, trade-offs, government policies, users

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014632
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josh Lerner, author

Mark Schankerman, author