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Geographic Allocation of OSS Contributions: The Role of Institutions and Culture

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  • Sebastian v. Engelhardt


    (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Andreas Freytag


    (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration)

We 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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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-051.

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Date of creation: 08 Jul 2009
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.
Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2009-051
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