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dc.contributor.authorvon Engelhardt, Sebastianen_US
dc.contributor.authorFreytag, Andreasen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-20T14:33:37Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-20T14:33:37Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/32561-
dc.description.abstractThe paper analyzes the impact of institutional and cultural factors on a remarkable economic activity: the production of so-called open source software (OSS). OSS is marked by free access to the software and its source code. Copyright-based OSS licenses permit users to use, change, improve and redistribute the software, which is designed and developed in a public, collaborative manner. OSS seems to be an example of a 'private provision of a public good'. While the supply-side microeconomics of OSS (individual characteristics of OSS developers, role of firms etc.) are well explored, it is not known which institutional and cultural factors explain different OSS activities across countries. For this reason, we perform a cross-country study analyzing how the number of OSS developers per inhabitants and the level of OSS activity of a country depend on institutional and cultural factors. Our findings are that a culture characterized by individualism/self-determination, abundance of social capital interpreted as interpersonal trust, an optimistic view of scientific progress, a low degree of regulation as well as good protection of intellectual property rights is favoring OSS activities. Our study thus contributes to the understanding of the role of cultural and institutional factors in general as well as in particular with respect to OSS. Additionally, it improves the understanding of the supply-side of OSS.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv. [u.a.] Jenaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJena economic research papers 2010,010en_US
dc.subject.jelB52en_US
dc.subject.jelL17en_US
dc.subject.jelL86en_US
dc.subject.jelO34en_US
dc.subject.jelZ13en_US
dc.subject.jelZ19en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordOpen Sourceen_US
dc.subject.keywordCultureen_US
dc.subject.keywordInstitutionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordSocial Capitalen_US
dc.subject.keywordTrusten_US
dc.subject.keywordRegulationen_US
dc.subject.keywordEntrepreneurial Spiriten_US
dc.subject.keywordIndividualismen_US
dc.subject.keywordIntellectual Property Rightsen_US
dc.subject.stwOpen Sourceen_US
dc.subject.stwProgrammierungen_US
dc.subject.stwInstitutionelle Infrastrukturen_US
dc.subject.stwWirtschaftsethnologieen_US
dc.subject.stwSocial Capitalen_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmeren_US
dc.subject.stwIndividualismusen_US
dc.subject.stwEigentumsrechten_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.titleInstitutions, culture, and open sourceen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn622090461en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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