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On the role of public policies supporting Free/Open Source software. An European perspective

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  • Stefano Comino
  • Fabio M. Manenti
  • Alessandro Rossi

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Governments’ interest in Free/Open Source (F/OS) software is steadily increasing. Several policies aimed at supporting Free/Open Source (F/OS) software have been taken or are currently under discussion all around the world. In this paper, we review the basic (economic) rationales for such policy interventions and we present some summary statistics on policies taken within the European countries. We claim that in order to evaluate correctly the consequences of such interventions one has to consider both the role and the administrative level at which such decision are taken as well as the typology of software which is involved. Moreover, we argue that the level playing field cannot be taken for granted in software markets. Therefore, non-intrusive public policies that currently prevail at the European level in terms, for instance, of the promotion of open standards or in terms of campaigns aimed at informing IT decision–makers, are likely to be welfare enhancing.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0601.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:trn:utwpde:0601

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Keywords: Free/open source software; public policies; software market;

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  1. Francesco Rentocchini & Dimitri Tartari, 2011. "An analysis of the adoption of OSS by local public administrations: Evidence from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy," Openloc Working Papers 1101, Public policies and local development.

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