Can open sourcing lead to inferior standards?
AbstractI investigate the effect of open source on standardization outcomes in a market with positive network externalities. In a closed source world, it seems reasonable to assume that the probability of a standard being chosen is positively correlated with its quality. Open source may weaken or invert this relationship by giving Bertrand competition losers a second chance. It however follows that though open source leads to more competition and more standardization, the chosen standard will be the same as when open source is not an option.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Aboa Centre for Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 27.
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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open source software; FLOSS; standardization; network externalities; competition;
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- NEP-ALL-2009-01-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-IPR-2009-01-17 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-MIC-2009-01-17 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-NET-2009-01-17 (Network Economics)
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