Three ways to use WRDS

WRDSDid you know? WRDS offers 3 ways of accessing data: On the website using form-based queries, through a UNIX terminal session, or using PC-SAS on your desktop computer. Each method has its own benefits and strengths.

WRDS provides a common interface to a variety of databases in order to make the process of extracting data more simple for you. Read more on WRDS website and learn how to get the most out of WRDS access modes.

And to learn more about data sets that the library subscribes to, connect to the library web site.

Library subscriptions on WRDS platform

WRDSThe Library subscribes to the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), which is a data research platform and business intelligence tool for academics. “Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS has since evolved to become the leading business intelligence tool for a global research community of 30,000+ users at over 350 institutions in 33 countries” says WRDS presentation on its website.

The library subscribes to various data sets including the following:
– Audit analytics data
– Bank Regulatory
– blockholders
– Bureau van Dijk
– Capital IQ
– Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP)
– CENTRIS-Monthly Insights Reports
– CBOE indexes
– Compustat North America
– CUSIP Master File
– Dow Jones
– Eventus
– Execucomp
– Fama-French (research) Portfolio and Liquidity Factors
– I / B / E / S
– IRI Marketing Factbook: Point of Sale – Penn World Tables
– People Intelligence
– Philadelphia Stock Exchange United Currency Options
– Risk metrics
– SEC Disclosure of Order Execution

More information here

Using WRDS


Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a data research platform and business intelligence tool, which is used by over 30,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients in 32 countries. It offers data in fields such as Accounting, Banking, Economics, Finance, and Marketing.

HEC holds a subscription to the following databases, with many more available upon request. Each subscription is valid for a year.

  • Bank Regulatory
  • Blockholders
  • Bureau van Dijk
  • CBOE Indexes
  • CRSP
  • DMEF Academic Data
  • Dow Jones
  • Eventus
  • FDIC
  • Fama French & Liquidity Factors
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • GMI Ratings (Formerly CorpLib)
  • IBES
  • Markit (Trial)
  • PHLX
  • Penn World Tables
  • Risk Metrics
  • SEC Order Execution
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Zacks (Trial)

Alongside access to this data, WRGS offers a variety of tools and programmes to facilitate and advance your searches, such as:

  • E-Learning

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  • Consumer Support and explanation

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  • Research assistance macros, guides, applications and data overviews


To access WRDS, a preliminary registration via the WRDS website is needed, which must then be validated by the library service.

Access to this platform is reserved for HEC Paris professors, PhD students, specialized masters, and masters of Science (M2 – Majors)

For more information, please contact the library.