Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS)Databases
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a so-called ‘shell interface’ providing access to a diversified set of databases containing company data.
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), produced by Pennsylvania University, is a so-called ‘shell interface’ providing access to a diversified set of databases containing company data. WRDS functions as a platform. Besides the datasets accessible to all Wharton users, Maastricht University has additional licenses to the following sources: Compustat Global, Compustat North America, CRSP Mutual Funds, CRSP US Stock & Indices 1925, CRSP/Compustat Merged (CCM), ExecuComp and I/B/E/S Global Aggregates. WRDS functions as a platform.
Be aware that all datasets that are optional within the WRDS interface are also visible however not accessible. See the list with ‘Current Subscriptions’ in the left frame to find out which datasets are subscribed to by Maastricht University.
Each dataset has its own search interface. Clicking Tools or Support gives you an overview of the manuals and codes which are in use in the databases. Supporting video instruction modules are available in the database via: ‘E-Learning’.
UM staff and students are required to open an individual Wharton account. WRDS requires staff to have a UM contract. Students are no longer allowed to use the WRDS databases after their graduation. The account can be requested via Register for a WRDS Account.
Once you log in to WRDS you find an extensive set of online manuals under Support.