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WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) is the de facto standard for business data, providing researchers worldwide with instant access to financial, economic, and marketing data though a uniform, web-based interface. This hosted data service (from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania) has become the locus for quantitative data research and is recognized by the academic and financial research community around the world as the leading business intelligence tool.
Access is limited, and you must register for a free account to use WRDS. Access is provided by individual username and password. This may not be shared with any other individual.
Faculty accounts are available to all standing permanent faculty of member institutions. These accounts have a default expiration date of 5 years which can be renewed.
Ph.D. accounts are available to all current Ph.D. candidates of member institutions. Ph.D. accounts have a default expiration date of 2 years and may be renewed if needed.
Research accounts are available to graduate and undergraduate students performing research for a faculty member. A standing faculty member may have one research assistant. RA accounts have a default expiration date of 2 years.
Staff accounts can only be requested by support personnel such as librarians and IT support staff of member institutions
Visitor accounts are available to visiting faculty (non-permanent or part-time position, or those on a limited appointment). These accounts are subject to additional review and may not be used after the visiting appointment ends.
Please note: Lecturers are not eligible for faculty accounts but may apply for a visitor account.
Masters accounts are available to full-time masters students of member institutions. Masters accounts have a default expiration date of 2 years. These accounts expire at the end of the semester. Masters students will not have access to WRDS following the end of your institution's academic year. Access will be provided at the start of the new academic year.
Class accounts may be requested ONLY by standing faculty of member institutions. These accounts are primarily for student usage that is associated with a specific class and all students in the class share the same password. Class accounts can accommodate up to 15 simultaneous users. These accounts expire at the end of the semester. Class accounts need to be set up by the Professor, approved by the WRDS Representative, and not be carried over for the next semester's class.
For more detail about these accounts, see Account Types on WRDS
Company Financials: Financial Statements: BS, IS and CF Data Items;Industry-Specific, Segment, and Pension Data;Point In Time Accounting Data;Index Fundamentals and Constituents;Audit and Regulatory Filings Data;Banks
Financial Markets, Prices, and Returns: Stock Prices; Intraday Trades and Quotes;Market Indices and Factors;Bonds and Fixed Income Data;Mutual Fund/Hedge Fund Returns;Derivatives/Options; REITs; FX Currencies; Corporate Governance and Ownership Data;Company Management and Executive Compensation;Board of Directors, Governance Provisions and Voting Data;Social Responsibility;Insiders and Blockholders Ownership;Mutual Fund Ownership;13F Institutional Ownership
Earnings Forecasts and Ratings: Analyst Forecasts and Recommendations;Company, Issues, and Bond Ratings
Mergers & Acquisitions
WRDS is a data management program that provides access to the following sources:
You may also contact research specialists through WRDS Support.
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