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Proxy Statement Your guide to business research & data news from the UConn Library

 Happy New Year! 

I am now physically in Connecticut, having taken the world’s longest direct flight in December for my relocation. I hope to remain contactable and approachable now that I’m working in Eastern Time. Since this is a Jan/Feb bumper issue, I have five points for each section. Enjoy!

 Updates on Subscribed Resources 

Do your students require the list of business databases available at UConn? Share this web address:

Future of Journal Subscriptions at UConn: There was an update from Provost Lejuez on Jan 11. TLDR: we are rolling out a pilot to test an alternate model of delivery that would be phased in over several years where journal subscriptions would not be renewed, and instead we would be able to provide articles on an a la carte basis at the same speed and convenience currently available. See the Library FAQ on this project.

BCC Research recently published benchmarking reports that are heavy on operational-level data sets (units shipped, end unit pricing at retail, etc.). You can identify them by the report titles that end with “Global Market Data”, and download the data in Excel.

You Should Know This: BCC Research also launched a new podcast that features innovators in a variety of fields and asks the questions listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future? 1 new episode each week

PrivCo has integrated Venture Capital Fundings or M&A / Private Equity Deals into its advanced search. In the coming months, PrivCo will be adding an additional 200,000 private companies profiles. The majority will be private companies that fall within the $1M-$10M annual revenue range. You can expect EBITDA, Valuation Figures and additional data points for the majority of private companies covered by PrivCo.

PrivCo 50 Report highlights the 50 most resilient private companies of 2020. View the full rankings in PDF

Edward Elgar Publishing is currently inviting submissions for their new series New Horizons in Business Analytics. The series will offer short books defining the future of research in business analytics, edited by Professor Richard Vidgen. It will cover topics such as algorithmic decision-making, artificial intelligence and data-driven management in different organisational contexts, as well as exploring important themes such as sustainability and ethics. If you have an idea you would like to discuss, write to Ellen Pearce, Assistant Commissioning Editor. 

 On the WWW 

AEF’s (ANA Educational Foundation) 2021 Virtual Visiting Professor Program (VPP) is happening on Jun 7–11. Register to hear from senior executives from IBM, McCann Worldgroup and Ogilvy. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

In December, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released an updated version of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The significant changes: the names of companies for loans under $150,000 are no longer anonymized, and loans over $150,000 now show the actual loan amount. Download the SBA raw data in CSV format.

According to Opportunity Tracker –a nonpartisan research and policy institute located at Harvard–one-third of Connecticut’s small businesses have closed their doors since January. The tracker uses private-sector payment data provided by Womply. Download data via GitHub.

Do you care about your students being fact-checkers? Refer to this award-winning e-textbook on web literacy by Mike Caulfield, “an instruction manual to reading on the modern internet.” Highly recommended.

Now for something fun! Download the complete script transcription of the Friends sitcom, in an easy-to-use R package. Reminder: the ten seasons ran from 1994 to 2004. Credit goes to Emil Hvitfeldt, University of Southern California. 

 Data Sources As Seen Elsewhere 

Earnest Research has been featured in the news for their near real-time consumer spending data during the pandemic. Their COVID-19 Tracker shows weekly consumer spend trends across 23 categories and 89 subcategories, representing 2,000+ national brands. The dashboard allows users to quickly drill into regional, state, CBSA, and city spend, transaction count, and average transaction trends based on the purchase data from a panel of 6 million de-identified U.S. consumers. Mentioned in these WSJ & NYTimes articles.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) publishes the responses from the Survey of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries (SOII). Industry data is available from 2014 onwards, mostly in TXT & PDF format, with some in XLSX format. State level data (for Connecticut, 2017-19) is available too. Mentioned in Cohn, Nestoriak, & Wardlaw (2021), Private Equity Buyouts and Workplace Safety, The Review of Financial Studies.

Credit data sets are hard to come by; this German credit data set has 1,000 loan applications. Available via the UCI Machine Learning Repository. Mentioned in Cezar, Raghunathan, & Sarkar (2021), Adversarial Classification: Impact of Agents’ Faking Cost on Firms and Agents, Production and Operations Management.

UPenn Wharton Social Impact Initiative is collaborating with Harvard Business School and Chicago Booth to create the Impact Finance Database (IFD). The focus is not only on financial data, but on impact measurement, legal governance, organizational climate, and other critical aspects of impact investing. It was originally known as the Wharton Impact Research and Evaluation Database (WIRED) back in 2014. Mentioned in Geczy, Jeffers, Musto, & Tucker (2021), Contracts with (Social) Benefits: The Implementation of Impact Investing, Journal of Financial Economics.

Shared National Credit (SNC) Program has an annual review going back to 1977 but “new to the academic literature” when it comes to examining bank monitoring. You can view the annual reports in PDF from 1999. Mentioned in (2021), Bank monitoring: Evidence from syndicated loans, Journal of Financial Economics.


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