The Economics of Open Source Software: A Survey of the Early Literature

@article{Schiff2002TheEO,
  title={The Economics of Open Source Software: A Survey of the Early Literature},
  author={A. Schiff},
  journal={Review of Network Economics},
  year={2002},
  volume={1}
}
  • A. Schiff
  • Published 2002
  • Review of Network Economics
This paper reviews the recent literature on the economics of open source software. Two different sets of issues are addressed. The first looks at the incentives of programmers to participate in open source projects. The second considers the business models used by profit-making firms in the open source industry, and the effects on existing closed source firms. Some possible future research directions are also given. 

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