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IRRC DIRECTORS DATA
IRRC Directors Data can be accessed both through a web interface and via Unix, programming in SAS. To facilitate access, Kellogg has subscribed to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). WRDS's servers is the main access environment for IRRC data, offering the most current files.
IRRC Directors Data can be accessed by Kellogg faculty and doctoral students using their WRDS accounts. MBA students may obtain a temporary account and password to the WRDS's web interface in the context of a course, if the faculty member uses it for instructional purposes and applies for a class account. Otherwise, for automatic login (controlled by IP address) from the first and second floors in the Jacobs Center, as well as the lab workstations in Wieboldt Hall, please point your web browser to wrds.wharton.upenn.edu/connect.
The Investor Responsibility Research Center, Inc. (IRRC) provides research on corporate governance, proxy voting and corporate responsibility issues.
The IRRC Directors data contains information about the composition of boards of directors in S&P 500, S&P MidCaps, and S&P SmallCaps companies, including individual characteristics (gender, age, ethnicity), compensation, participation in committees, indicators of interlocking directorship, independent vs. affiliated or linked directors, etc. This dataset is in part based on an IRRC annual publication (Board Practices/Board Pay: the Structure and Compensation of Boards of Directors at S&P 1,500 Companies); its primary information source is company proxy statements. Some director data (e.g., ethnicity) is collected from annual reports or company web sites. The data is annual, starting in 1996.
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Faculty and doctoral students should access the latest IRRC Governance Data files through Wharton Research Data Services.
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