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Fershtman, C., Gandal, N. (2011). A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source Software. In Blume, L., Durlauf, S. (Eds), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

The open source model is a form of software development in which the source code is made available, free of charge, to all interested parties; further users have the right to modify and extend the program. Open source software (OSS) methods rely on developers who reveal the source code under an open source license. Under certain types of open source licenses, any further development using the source code must also be publicly disclosed. In this brief survey, we will focus on several key aspects of open source software.


Fershtman, Chaim

Gandal, Neil

Selection of recent papers The Economics of Networks “Direct and Indirect Knowledge Spillovers: The 'Social Network' of Open Source Software,” forthcoming 2011 (with Chaim Fershtman), RAND Journal of Economics. “A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source...

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