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Governments should be neutral, neither favoring nor disfavoring open source.

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Government policy should favor competition. Open source software is produced by volunteer developers from different organizations, who share code to create software distributed for free or at low cost. Open source software is growing rapidly, and dominates some niches in the market; important open source programs include Apache and Linux.

Society would benefit if software were distributed free, but then profit-motivated software developers might stop making software; open source could resolve this tension, because open source developers are volunteers, and the software is distributed at low cost.

This book fills that gap. In The Comingled Code, Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman, drawing on a new, large-scale database, show that open source and proprietary software interact in sometimes unexpected ways, and discuss the policy implications of these findings.

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The new data from a range of countries in varying stages of development documents the mixing of open source and proprietary software: Lerner and Schankerman examine the ways in which software differs from other technologies in promoting economic development, what motivates individuals and firms to contribute to open source projects, how developers and users view the trade-offs between the two kinds of software, and how government policies can ensure that open source competes effectively with proprietary software and contributes to economic development.

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About the Author Josh Lerner. While these public funds can ease capital constraints and information asymmetries, they can also introduce political distortions.