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A Supply Side Story for a Threshold Model: Endogenous Growth of the Free and Open Source Community

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  • Francesco Rullani
  • Lorenzo Zirulia

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The study of social institutions producing and disseminating knowledge has mainly concentrated on two main concepts: Science and Technology. This paper examines a recent institutional form that seems not to resemble either of the other two; that is, knowledge-intensive communities, where individuals freely exchange knowledge through information and communication technology. Using free and open source software as an example, we develop a model where this phenomenon is confronted with Technology with respect to its ability to attract researchers.

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Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 11-06.

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Keywords: Free and open source software; science; technology; community; intellectual property rights;

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