Dynamics of Open Source Movements

@article{Athey2010DynamicsOO,
  title={Dynamics of Open Source Movements},
  author={S. Athey and Glenn Ellison},
  journal={Microeconomics: Welfare Economics & Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  year={2010}
}
  • S. Athey, Glenn Ellison
  • Published 2010
  • Business
  • Microeconomics: Welfare Economics & Collective Decision-Making eJournal
This paper considers a dynamic model of the evolution of open source software projects, focusing on the evolution of quality, contributing programmers, and users who contribute customer support to other users. Programmers who have used open source software are motivated by reciprocal altruism to publish their own improvements. The evolution of the open-source project depends on the form of the altruistic benefits: in a base case the project grows to a steady-state size from any initial… Expand
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