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A General equilibrium analysis of software development : copyright protection and contract enforcement

Authors Qiu, Larry Dongxiao
Issue Date 2003-04
Summary We develop a model to study the implications of a legal environment on the organization of software production. We show that contract enforcement affects the organizational mode (i.e., in-house versus outsourcing) of customized software development while copyright protection determines the introduction of package software. When copyright protection is weak, only customized software will be developed. When copyright protection is strong, both customized software and packaged software will be developed.
Language English
Format Working paper
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