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The Federal Government Role in the Development of the American Software Industry: An Assessment

  • Richard N. Langlois

    (The University of Connecticut)

  • David C. Mowery

    (University of California, Berkeley)

This paper is an interpretive history of federal support for the American software industry from its beginnings through the 1980s. As in other high-technology cases, federal _ especially defense-related _ support for software was crucial early in the technology's development, but the flow of spillovers quickly began to reverse as military needs diverged from those of a burgeoning commercial market. The case of software differs from those of other high-technology industries, however, in the specific nature and evolution of military-civilian spillovers within software as well as in the role of federally funded university research within the industry's development.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 9503001.

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Length: 84 pages
Date of creation: 16 Mar 1995
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9503001
Note: 84 pages. To appear in David C. Mowery, ed., The International Computer Software Industry: A Comparative Study of Industrial Evolution and Structure. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
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