Geographic Allocation of OSS Contributions: The Role of Institutions and Culture
AbstractWe analyze the impact of institutional and cultural factors on the supply side of open source software (OSS). OSS is a privately provided public good: it is marked by free access to the software and its source code, and is developed in a public, collaborative manner by thousands of volunteers as well as profit-seeking firms. Our cross-country study shows that a culture characterized by interpersonal trust and self-determination/fulfillment values has a positive impact on OSS activities and the number of developers. The supply side of OSS also benefits from the enforcement of intellectual property rights. A low degree of regulation and openness towards scientific progress has a positive impact on the number of OSS developers, but the latter not on the number of active or core developers.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-051.
Date of creation: 08 Jul 2009
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Publication status: Published as "Geographic Allocation of OSS Contributions: The Role of Institutions and Culture", in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 95 (2013), 90-110.
Open source software; Institutions; Culture; Social capital; Individualism; Intellectual property rights;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Institutional; Evolutionary
- L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets
- L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
- Z19 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Other
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- NEP-ALL-2009-07-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2009-07-17 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-ICT-2009-07-17 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2009-07-17 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-SOC-2009-07-17 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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