For my finance textbook, I would like to recommend data sources that students can afford. Obviously, Compustat is not affordable.
Are there any low-cost or free data bases that offer basic historical financial statements on US (and maybe non-US) companies in panel format? I am thinking of just about 10-20 key items for at least 20 years for all US corps: Assets, Current Assets, Liabilities, Current Liabilities, Long-Term Debt, Working Capital, Revenues, Gross Profit, Operating Income, Interest Expense, Income Tax Expense, Net Income, CF Operations, CF Investing, and CF Financing. Plus a ticker, a period date, and a release date.
Presumably, this could even be scraped from Edgar, but I would rather not have to do this myself.