Maria Alessandra Rossi
U. of Siena



(Saturday, 1st January 2005)

Title : The Economics of Open Source Software

The Free/Open Source software (F/OSS) phenomenon has shown a considerable degree of vitality and dynamism in recent years; so much vitality and dynamism, in fact, to deserve the qualification of new institution for knowledge creation. This workshop will review the most salient aspects of the phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective, exploring (a) the nature of and the interplay among the relevant actors’ motivations and the way these sustain the F/OSS institutional structure; (b) the governance of F/OSS projects; (c) the cooperative and competitive relationships linking F/OSS communities to commercial actors; (d) intellectual property-related issues; and (e) the debate on the opportunity of providing various forms of government support to F/OSS development. The presentation will aim at opening up the discussion on the viability of F/OSS-like institutional arrangements for domains of knowledge creation different from software.

Bibliographical references :

Must read reference : Josh Lerner, Jean Tirole [2004], "The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond", Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 04-35.

Klaus M. Schmidt and Monika Schnitze [2002], "Public Subsidies for Open Source? Some Economic Policy Issues of the Software Market", CEPR Discussion Paper n°3793

Maria Alessandra Rossi [2004], "Decoding the'Free/Open Source (F/OSS) Software Puzzle' a survey of theoretical and empirical contributions", forthcoming on J.Bitzer and P.Schroder, 2005. "The Economics of Open Source Software Development: Analyzing Motivation, Organization, Innovation and Competition in the Open Source Software Revolution", Elsevier.



(Friday, 19th May 2006)

Title : Methodology in Law and Economics

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Is there any such thing as a "law and economics methodology"? The workshop will attempt to tackle this difficult question by taking a journey through the variety of different issues and approaches that have been qualified as belonging to the Law and Economics realm. As it happens, the journey will lead us to find on the way more new questions than good answers...

Bibliographical references :

Heico Kerkmeester 1999. “Methodology” in Encyclopedia of Law & Economics -
link to the paper

Must read reference : Francesco Parisi, 2004. Positive, Normative and Functional Schools in Law and Economics, European Journal of Law and Economics, 18: 259–272.

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