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About WRDS


Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for over 30,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients in 33 countries. WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, Finance, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics.

WRDS offers flexible delivery and access options through web queries, the powerful WRDS cloud and WRDS client server using PC SAS, Matlab, Stata, R, and Python. 

Our state-of-the-art infrastructure gives users the power to analyze complex information at speeds of up to 400MB per second.
From client-centered research support to analytics and consulting services, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management and research, all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.

Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, our service has since evolved to become the standard tool for a global research community.

Tour the interactive map below to view the locations of our WRDS subscribers. 

WRDS Enterprise Solutions and Support

This hosted data service 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.


WRDS data is compiled from independent sources that specialize in specific historical data. Some sources include S&P Capital IQ, NYSE, CRSP, and Thomson Reuters, and more specialized sources such as Markit, FactSet, Hedge Fund Research, Inc., Eventus, and GSIOnline with more added regularly to meet the growing needs of our clients.  

Flexible Delivery Options

  • Web interface.  Research one firm or several hundred firms simultaneously. All the databases have a common interface and a consistent data format through online queries.  
  • PC SAS Connect.  The power of a Unix system in a familiar Windows environment.  Use SAS on your PC to submit jobs on the WRDS cloud or download data directly to your PC and analyze using our extensive site, programs and utilities.
  • WRDS Cloud. The WRDS Cloud leverages our unique infrastructure to process submitted information producing results with greater proficiency, resulting in vastly shorter processing periods for our clients. With increased computing power, additional time can be focused on research and analysis.  Connect to WRDS for a terminal session, run custom programs in SAS to retrieve data.

  • Matlab, Stata, R, and Python.


WRDS provides a state-of-the-art interface to a variety for databases, simplifying extraction and increasing productivity with:

  • Research applications and utilities and an extensive suite of template and sample programs developed by our Doctoral-level staff.
  • Support from a team of Doctoral-level specialists.  Our doctoral-level research specialists are available to you on-line through WRDS Support
  • E-Learning.  A Library of on-demand video sessions covering a host of topics, presented by our research experts.
  • Timely Updates. Our experienced IT specialists convert and install database updates, for immediate access.
  • Learning Environment.   WRDS enables faculty to demonstrate real-world applications of principles, using actual company data in place of hypothetical examples.
  • Data Validation, Integrity and Consistency.

WRDS Subscription Fees

Please contact for pricing information.

Access to Data Through WRDS

I.  Data provided at no cost:
As part of the subscription to WRDS, the following datasets are available at no cost:

Bank Regulatory Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Blockholders IRI Marketing Factbook: Point of Sale
CBOE Indexes Penn World Tables
Direct Marketing Educational Foundation Philadelphia Stock Exchange United Currency Options
Dow Jones SEC Disclosure of Order Execution
Fama-French (Research) Portfolios and Factors TRACE (academic subscribers only)
Federal Bank Reports  


II.  Additional Data:
The WRDS subscription fee does not included access to data from the vendors listed below.  Each institution is responsible for maintaining a separate license for the data.

AuditAnalytics Markit
Bureau van Dijk Mergent
Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) Morningstar CISDM
comScore NASTRAQ
Eventus NYSE TAQ *
FactSet Fundamentals and Ownership OptionMetrics
Global Insight/DRI PACAP
GMI Ratings Riskmetrics
GovPX Treasuries (ICAP) S&P Capital IQ
Thomson Reuters WRDS Quant Alpha
Markit WRDS SEC Analytics Suite
Mergent Zacks

*Note: In addition to the data fee paid to NYSE, WRDS requires an annual TAQ Access Fee.

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