International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Is The Bloomberg System a Bastion of Privilege or an Education Essential?
Ray Pullaro, David S. Jalajas

This paper set out to determine whether there is a relationship between the ranking of business programs and access to Bloomberg Professional Service, a proprietary data, analytics and information-delivery service. A set of top-ranked institutions was identified using two well-known survey rankings and selecting the top twenty schools from each. A random selection from the “unranked” schools listed in one survey was used to determine those schools to be compared to the top-ranked set. A combination of search and content analysis were utilized for data collection by examining institutions’ websites, course catalogs and in some cases, by calling directly to inquire about Bloomberg access. The data were analyzed in bivariate tables to determine the existence of a relationship. The results found support for the research questions suggesting that higher-ranked institutions had access to the Bloomberg system in greater proportion than lower-ranked institutions.

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