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Economics of OER

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This article misses the point. If many faculty are releasing many open access etexts then each institution gets access to  x etexts for everyone that they create themselves. You make 1 and get 10 or 20 in return. That makes economic sense. In addition, the etexts are open so faculty can do what they want with them and are not subject to kill dead dates, geographical restrictions, formatting restrictions, impossible proprietary licenses and DRM.
States can easily rationalise their content being used elsewhere when they can get access to an even wider range of resources from outside. Tit for tat has always made good economic sense. Tit for tat tat tat makes even better.