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Begin your research with resources recommended by the economics subject librarian, John Cocklin ( Here you will find the key databases, indexes, datasets, and reference works in economics.

Financial Resources in Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

If you are taking econ 57, use your class password to login to WRDS at the following link:

Wharton WRDS Login

Otherwise, if you are a Dartmouth student, faculty or staff member, information on obtaining a WRDS account can be found at the following Research Guide:

Dartmouth - WRDS Key Resources

The relevant databases in WRDS for econ 57 are:

Compustat Execucomp - Offers extensive, transparent executive compensation data, including current, historical, total compensation, executive options, and compensation of industry peers.

Compustat North America and Global - When you want to find out more about the companies themselves. Includes fundamental and market information on active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items.

BoardEx - Contains extensive data on the boards of publicly listed and notable private companies from around the world. Profiles of directors and senior management including gender, age, education, and compensation.

ISS (Institutional Shareholder Services) Directors Data - Universe of S&P 1500 companies. Includes a range of variables related to individual board directors (e.g., name, age, tenure, gender, committee memberships, primary employer and title, etc.)

Census Public Use Microdata