Why Develop Open-source Software? The Role of Non-pecuniary Benefits, Monetary Rewards, and Open-source Licence Type. / Sauer, Robert.

In: Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2007, p. 605-619.

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Why Develop Open-source Software? The Role of Non-pecuniary Benefits, Monetary Rewards, and Open-source Licence Type. / Sauer, Robert.

In: Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2007, p. 605-619.

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