Josh Lerner Discusses "The Comingled Code"

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on October 19, 2010


Discussions of the economic impact of open source software often become polarized. Advocates passionately assert the benefits of open source while critics decry its effects. Missing from the debate is rigorous economic analysis and systematic economic evidence of the impact of open source on consumers, firms, and economic development in general. In The Comingled Code, Open Source and Economic Development, Professor Josh Lerner and co-author  Mark Schankerman, show that open source and proprietary software interact in sometimes unexpected ways, and they explore the policy implications of these findings.

Professor Lerner discusses The Comingled Code, Open Source and Economic Development in the below video interview.

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. One of his research areas examines the impact of intellectual property protection, particularly patents, on the competitive strategies of firms in high-technology industries. Additional research focuses on the structure and role of venture capital and private equity organizations.