Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34637
Authors: 
Sauer, Robert M.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3197
Abstract: 
A review of the basic theory of optimal open-source software contributions points to three key factors affecting supply: non-pecuniary benefits, future expected monetary returns, and open-source licence type. This paper argues that existing large-scale software developer surveys are inadequate for measuring the relative importance of these three factors. Moreover, previous econometric studies that collect their own unique datasets generally measure the importance of only one supply factor in isolation. To fill the gap, I specify a dynamic programming model of joint labour supply and open-source contribution decisions that can provide empirical estimates of relative importance within a single unified framework.
Subjects: 
Software
open-source
labour supply
dynamic programming
JEL: 
C61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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