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Access to our Top-Research databases

For a full list of databases licensed to our Faculty and access to these services please visit the following web page.

Factual databases contain statistical and numerical data (time series, stock figures), operational data, market information and economic information. Because they reflect information directly and immediately, they are an important information resource. The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences licenses a number of important factual databases for business and finance data. Most of these are accessible via the internet-based research platform Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).

To gain access to WRDS, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a member of staff in a WiSo faculty department that contributes to the funding of the factual databases.
  • You must have a valid staff account of the University of Cologne.

Do you have any questions?

Then please contact the WiSo Library and Campus Service (e-mail: ).

An overview of other WiSo fact databases available on campus can be found here.
You can also find other databases of the University of Cologne here .

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Wharton Research Data Services is a web-based data research platform of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. WRDS is the de facto standard for business data, providing researchers worldwide with instant access to financial, economic and marketing data through a standardised web-based interface. WRDS has become the locus for quantitative data research and is recognised by the academic and financial research community around the world as the leading business intelligence tool. WRDS provides access to COMPUSTAT, CRSP, IBES, NYSE-TAQ, Bureau van Dijk, Global Insight, OptionMetrics and other important business research databases.

Capital IQ: Compustat

Capital IQ Compustat is one of the leading providers of financial market data. Compustat provides reliable, standardised data on companies and industrial sectors, key indices and foreign exchange for investment professionals, hedge funds and quantitative researchers.

Thomson Reuters: I/B/E/S

Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S provides users with detailed estimates of up to 26 key performance indicators such as balance sheet data, EPS data, sales, net income and profit for over 60,000 companies in 67 countries. All estimates received are verified, thus guaranteeing comparable and consistent data.

Center for Research in Security Prices: Stocks, Treasuries and Mutual Funds

The CRSP provides information on stocks, treasuries and mutual funds. The data service provides key data on a daily basis, such as price and quote data, trading volume und yield of shares at the NYSE, NASDAQ, Amex and ARCA stock exchanges. Data on treasuries includes descriptive and historical market data. Information on mutual funds includes identification numbers, fund objectives, compulsory fees and charges, returns and distributions.

Thomson Reuters: Datastream

Thomson Reuters’ Datastream provides users with access to extensive historical information on financial markets. Analysts can use a desktop application to examine connections and interrelations between global economic indicators and asset classes. The Datastream includes a vast time-series database and real-time market data.