What is WRDS?
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the leading business intelligence, data analytics, and financial research platform to global institutions ̶ enabling comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in academic research.
WRDS provides researchers with one location to access over 350 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, ESG, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics. Flexible data delivery options include a powerful web query method that reduces research time, the WRDS Cloud for executing research and strategy development, and the WRDS client server using PCSAS, Matlab, and R. Our Analytics team, doctoral-level support and rigorous data review and validation give clients the confidence to tailor research within complex databases and create a wide range of reliable data models.
An award-winning data research platform for over 50,000 commercial, academic, and government users in 35+ countries, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management and research ̶ all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.
What is the source of WRDS data?
WRDS data is compiled from independent sources that specialize in recording specific historical data. These sources include: The Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP), S&P Capital IQ, Standard & Poor’s DRI, Thomson Reuters (I/B/E/S — the Institutional Brokers Estimates System), Markit, FactSet, HFR, Dow Jones, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the New York Stock Exchange Trade and Quotes (TAQ), and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX). The Wharton School maintains distribution agreements for specific data sets with each distributor and stores the accumulated data on the Wharton UNIX and NT networks. The data can be accessed by any user whose school maintains a license agreement with the Wharton School and with the appropriate data sources.