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Activating the Network : How to be Popular in the Open-Source Community

CIREQ-Concordia Seminar 2017-2018
joint with the Department of Economics, Concordia University

room H-1145 (Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West, 11th floor)

OrganizerXintong Han (Concordia U.)



Knowledge spillovers is regarded as one of the main advantages of the open source community. However, the factors that affects the effectiveness and efficiency remain unexplored. By studying a large dataset covering more than 13,000,000 open source projects from Github, I document evidence supporting both the numbers of collaborators and social network structure of the developers drive the success of a project, which suggests the existence of direct knowledge spillovers. However, the indirect network effect is only significant if and only if the level of repository organizer’s activity is relatively high.

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