What's in this guide
Welcome to York WRDS research guide. The links below will provide you with more information about the databases that are included in York's subscription to WRDS as well as instructions on how to gain access to the WRDS collection.
Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) is a collection of finance, accounting, economics, management, marketing and public policy databases that is restricted to current York community.
Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the service has since evolved to become the standard tool for a global research community of over 300 institutions in 28 countries.
There are three ways to access WRDS data:
- Any desktop with an Internet connection. WRDS web interface is designed to work with any browser. However, we recommend Internet Explorer, which has proven to be very reliable with WRDS' interface.
- An SSH Client to access WRDS Unix server. You may use SAS, C, FORTRAN, and other programming languages when working in this environment.
- PC SAS CONNECT. This feature of SAS allows for remote access to WRDS. With this option, you can take full advantage of WRDS computing and data storage services without giving up any features of the PC SAS interface.
Both web access and remote access allow for easy importing into PC versions of SAS, STATA, MATLAB, EXCEL,etc. The Web is easy and powerful, however SSH and PC SAS will take the user to a new level of working efficiently.