Open to development: Open source software and economic development

A paper exploring the role that open-source software can play in an economy and its development, with a focus on empirical evidence and economic logic. Unfortunately, while open-source can clearly be a viable part of a developed software industry, the available evidence does not support the position that open-source software can form the basis of an industry on its own, especially in nations where the technology sector is still embryonic.

Bibek Debroy
Julian Morris
Ā© International Policy Network, 2004, 18 pages