Department of Finance

Research Databases

The Finance Department helps maintain an extensive set of research databases for faculty and students. The availability of our databases is made possible through the generous support of the Lerner College, the Unidel Foundation, Donald J. Puglisi, and gifts from many other alumni, faculty, and friends. Thank you all for your support!

For examples of research produced with these databases, please visit our faculty research page.

Available Data:

The Lerner College subscribes to the Wharton Research Database Services network (WRDS), which provides web access to most of our data. If you are a student and would like access to the WRDS-delivered databases, please contact your professor. The Wharton Research Database Services can be accessed at: Once you enter your username and password, you will see the list of databases to which UD subscribes. This list is recreated below. Click on each source to view the data description as provided by WRDS.

In addition, the department also maintains the following databases:

  • SDC Platinum Merger and Acquisition Data
  • SDC Platinum Global New Issues Data
  • Equilar Board of Director and Director Compensation data

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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