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New Databases: Wharton Research Data Services – WRDS Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) databases (formerly RiskMetrics) delivers to data for the new methodology to WRDS in four datasets identified as: Historical Governance, Historical Directors data, Voting Results data, and Shareholder Proposal data:

Directors - Directors and board affiliations, relationships 2011 – 2013 (will be updated as information is made available) Directors Legacy – Range of variables related to individual board directors (e.g. name, age, tenure, gender, committee memberships, independence classification, primary employer and title, number of other public company boards, shares owned, etc. This database is from 1996 – 2006 and ceased collection procedures due to methodological changes.

Governance (and Shareholder responsibility) - is available from 1997. This includes proposals that came to a vote as well as those that did not (e.g., because they were withdrawn by the proponent or allowed to be omitted from the proxy by the SEC). Variables include the lead filer of the proposal, the meeting date, and outcome; some fields are not complete every year for every company, but the vast majority of meeting dates are present. This data set will be updated each year.

Governance legacy The Governance Legacy set, formerly known as the IRRC Takeover Defense database, was an important element in the article: Gompers, Paul A., Andrew Metrick, and Joy L. Ishii, Corporate Governance and Equity Prices, The Quarterly Journal of Economics 118(1), February 2003 –

Shareholder Proposal Data (governance and social responsibility) is available from 1997. This includes proposals that came to a vote as well as those that did not (e.g., because they were withdrawn by the proponent or allowed to be omitted from the proxy by the SEC). Variables include the lead filer of the proposal, the meeting date, and outcome; some fields are not complete every year for every company, but the vast majority of meeting dates are present. This data set will be updated each year.

Voting Results Data, including (for years 1997 through 2006) all governance shareholder proposals and all non-routine management proposals (i.e., excluding director election and auditor ratification) for which we obtained vote results. This company universe includes all S&P 1,500 companies (as well as approximately 400-500 additional widely held companies in some years), generally covering between 900 and 1,200 companies each year (approximately 2,000+ proposals captured each year). This data set will NOT be further updated at this time.

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