Answered By: Business Information Services
Last Updated: May 15, 2019     Views: 436

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 of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I). 

It is available for on campus affiliates through Business Information Services. It is for scholarly use only and not for commercial research. It is not accessible to the general public, UIC or UIS affiliates, or alumni.

To inquire further please contact:

For doctoral students in the College of Business, contact Lynn Rubarts 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. Rubarts. Her e-mail is U of I affiliates may purchase individual subscriptions, but must contact Ms. Rubarts 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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