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IRRC GOVERNANCE DATA

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Availability

IRRC Governance 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 Governance 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.

Description

The Investor Responsibility Research Center, Inc. (IRRC) provides research on corporate governance, proxy voting and corporate responsibility issues.

The IRRC Gornvenance data is based on the periodic print publication of the IRRC, "Corporate Takeover Defenses", which covers about 2000 corporations and compiles a wide array of corporate governance provisions from public sources: 10-K, 10-Q, proxy statements, corporate by-laws and charters, etc. Researchers Paul Gompers, Andrew Metrick and Joy Ishii coded these data into electronic format as the basis for the paper cited below, in which they developed a governance index:

Gompers, Paul A., Andrew Metrick, and Joy L. Ishii, "Corporate Governance and Equity Prices", The Quarterly Journal of Economics 118(1), February 2003, pp. 107-155 [Available on-line through Ingenta Select - VPN required for NU users].

The aggregate governance index is available freely from Metrick's Web site.

Vendor information

Investor Responsibility Research Center
1350 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036-1702
Phone: (202) 833-0700
Fax: (202) 833-3555

Accessing IRRC Governance Data

Faculty and doctoral students should access the latest IRRC Governance Data files through Wharton Research Data Services.

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