Salvatore Modica

Open Source without Free-Riding

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Keywords: J.E.L. L1

Considerable investments in Open Source software projects have been made in the last years by competing firms who could have free-ridden on the others' efforts. We identify two properties, one of decreasing returns to knowledge production and the other of preference for differentiated products in a monopolistically competitive market, which explain the phenomenon.

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