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

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  • Richard N. Langlois

    (The University of Connecticut)

  • David C. Mowery

    (University of California, Berkeley)

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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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  • Richard N. Langlois & David C. Mowery, 1995. "The Federal Government Role in the Development of the American Software Industry: An Assessment," Industrial Organization 9503001, EconWPA.
  • 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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    1. David Mowery, 2009. "National security and national innovation systems," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 34(5), pages 455-473, October.
    2. Nicolas Jullien & Jean-Benoît Zimmermann, 2011. "FLOSS in an industrial economics perspective," Revue d'économie industrielle, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(4), pages 39-64.
    3. Ohta, Hirofumi & Motohashi, Kazuyuki, 2011. "Accumulation and Circulation of the Knowledge Needed for Biotech Business Promotion by Engineers of R&D Section in an IT Enterprise: The Case of Hitachi Software Engineering Co., Ltd," MPRA Paper 50097, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Murmann, J. Peter, 2002. "The coevolution of industries and national institutions: Theory and evidence," Discussion Papers, various Research Units FS IV 02-14, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
    5. David Mowery, 2011. "Nanotechnology and the US national innovation system: continuity and change," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 36(6), pages 697-711, December.

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