Enabling Impactful Research

Impact is the future currency of research — Elevate the visibility, impact, and credibility of your research institution.

Impactful Research at WRDS


The best financial research is changing policy and practice at the firm, regulatory and national levels, and demonstrating the value of the institutions and researchers who conduct it. Make sure your academic program is making its mark with impact-driven research, supported by WRDS.

WRDS attracts and retains leading faculty and thought leaders by showing that your institution is committed to providing best-in-class research tools.

Drive impact using high integrity data sources, a flexible research computing platform, integrated access to multiple datasets, doctoral-level research support, Classroom by WRDS, a teaching toolkit designed specifically for faculty who are introducing finance and business concepts in the classroom, and Analytics tools that enable comprehensive and authoritative research.

Improve research efficiency and speed by as much as 40% — reducing time to data discovery, analysis, and publication.

Impactful Research using WRDS



Through a partnership with SSRN, WRDS is elevating the visibility of universities and researchers working across an array of fields.

WRDS Research Paper Series (RPS) on SSRN
Gain the recognition needed in today’s competitive academic landscape

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  • Recognition at the institution and researcher-level
  • Press release and social media campaigns highlight the winning institution and authors
  • Increase your Eigenfactor® score — SSRN’s weighted measure of author’s citations; visible to all who access SSRN
  • Attract and retain leading faculty and thought leaders
  • Advance your research, driving impact through superior data access, analysis, and modeling tools.

WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award
Honoring Rising Business Schools

Three winners will be selected annually from the WRDS RPS for North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions.

  • Cite WRDS in your research.
  • Submit to the WRDS Research Paper Series
  • Be considered for the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award™

Past Winners


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More than 450 WRDS subscribing institutions have earned the rigorous AACSB-accreditation.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

"These business programs demand the best, most reliable data and insights in order to earn AACSB accreditation, and we are proud to have so many subscribers rely on WRDS to achieve success in research impact, teaching and growth." – Bob Zarazowski, Managing Director, WRDS

WRDS-SSRN Innovation Awards are presented to winning institutions from North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific during the AACSB annual conferences.
Past Winners



More than 100 WRDS subscribing institutions have earned coveted AMBA accreditation

Spearheading excellence and trailblazing innovation, for more than 50 years AMBA has been the impartial authority on postgraduate management education. AMBA is committed to raising the profile and quality standards of business education internationally, for the benefit of Business Schools, MBA students and graduates and alumni, employers, communities and society. 

2022 Best Business School Partnership Award at the Festival Excellence & Awards:
International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv, Ukraine) with BookChef Publishing House

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