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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2015     Views: 67

WRDS stands for Wharton Research Data System.  It is a subscription financial data repository, aggregated by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  WRDS is managed by the Illinois College of Business and its primary audience is business school faculty and doctoral students.  It is available for on campus affiliates at the Margolis Information Lab (MIL) at the Business Instructional Facility on Sixth and Gregory.  It is for scholarly use only and not for commercial research.  It is not accessible to the general public, UIC or UIS affiliates, or alums of Illinois.

For doctoral students in the College of Business, contact Linda Kelley in the Office of Research; she takes all information and sets up accounts for WRDS. You will need to consult with an advisor; department head; or a professor you are collaborating with for research first before contacting Ms. Kelley. Her e-mail is lhuff@illinois.edu.  Illinois-Urbana affiliates may purchase individual subscriptions, but must contact Ms. Kelley for set up and payment.  

Prominent Datasets archived in WRDS:
S & P Computstat (US)--balance sheets, income statement, cash flow back to 1962
          Global Computstat
          ExecuComp (Executive Compensation) back to 2006
CRSP (Center for Research Securities and Prices -pronounced "crisp")

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