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Wharton Research Data Services. Using WRDS to access CRSP and Computstat data. Three Ways to Access. Web Accessible to all UWindsor users through IP authentication SAS-Connect and Server via SSH Only available with an account (Faculty, RAs, grad students). Web Interface.

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Wharton research data services

Wharton Research Data Services

Using WRDS to access CRSP and Computstat data


Three ways to access

Three Ways to Access

  • Web

    • Accessible to all UWindsor users through IP authentication

  • SAS-Connect and Server via SSH

    • Only available with an account (Faculty, RAs, grad students)


Web interface

Web Interface

  • Access through a browser

  • Simple query using lists of company identifiers

  • Compustat also allows simple conditional queries

  • Download limit: 2 GB

  • Query limit: do not start a second query while the first is still running


Unix sas connect

Unix & SAS-Connect

  • Both:

    • More flexible and powerful data download

    • Run and save customized programs.

    • Pull data from several sources at the same time and merge them

    • More than 1 TB of temprary processing space available

  • SAS-Connect:

    • Need to be running SAS on your PC

  • Unix:

    • Access via a SSH program and use Unix commands and SAS or Fortran programming


Pc sas connect

PC SAS-Connect


Important identifiers crsp

Important Identifiers: CRSP

  • Primary identifiers:

    • Permno: Permanent security identifier

    • Permco: Permanent company identifier

  • Other identifiers

    • CUSIP: Identifier assigned to a company by Standard and Poor’s. CUSIPs can change over time in cases of mergers and other reorganizations

    • NCUSIP: old CUSIPS are tracked in the NCUSIP variable

    • Ticker: least reliable because it can change within the same company and old ones can be reused


Cusip and ncusip

Merger or reorganization

CUSIP and NCUSIP


Cusip and ncusip1

Merger or reorganization

CUSIP and NCUSIP

After an update…

On every update, CUSIPS are retroactively changed to reflect the CUSIP current as of the update. NCUSIP reflects the CUSIP current as of the date of the data record.


Cusip and ncusip2

CUSIP and NCUSIP

  • CUSIP: now’s CUSIP

  • NCUSIP: then’s CUSIP

  • If you have a current CUSIP for a company and want to retrieve all available data for that company, use the CRSP CUSIP variable to retrieve data

  • If you have historical data and you only know what the CUSIP of a company was in 1994, use the NCUSIP variable to retrieve data from 1994 and find out the current CUSIP


Important identifiers compustat

Important Identifiers: Compustat

  • Primary identifier

    • GVKey: Permanent company identifier, equivalent of CRSP’s Permco

  • Other identifiers

    • CUSIP: COMPUSTAT has no equivalent to the NCUSIP variable; the CUSIP is always the CUSIP that was current as of the last update

    • CIK Number: U.S. SEC identifier

    • EIN: Employer Identification Number

    • Ticker


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