Michael Ehrlich, PhD, had an international business career before joining NJIT’s School of Management as assistant professor of finance. Ehrlich’s research focuses on financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on market failures. His current interest has been the unintended consequences of financial market innovation with special attention to structured investment vehicles, the financial investment innovation which grew to more than $400 billion worldwide before collapsing in the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance and The American Economist published his views on the structure of financial markets and foreign exchange risk. He spent his last Wall Street years at Bear Stearns as senior managing director of the emerging markets fixed income business. Earlier stints included positions of increasing responsibility at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Salomon Brothers, where he worked in the Government Arbitrage group with John Meriwether. Upon leaving Wall Street, Ehrlich started FineStar Imaging LLC, a small technology company that specialized in document production and management. He sold FineStar in 2007. Today, along with teaching, Ehrlich participates in NJIT’s small business incubator program, the Enterprise Development Center (EDC). Ehrlich, who belongs to the New York Angels, works with start-up companies.
Honors & Awards
Courses I Teach
Courses I Teach
- Fin 315
- Fin 624
- Fin 725
- Fin 600
- Fin 218
- Fin 655
- Entr 440
• Innovation• Entrepreneurship• Commercialization of Technology• NJIT’s small business incubator program, the Enterprise Development Center (EDC)• International business• Financial markets and institutions• Market failures• Structured investment vehicles
•Developed and presented, with my SOM colleagues, a seminar to NJIT community on the developing financial crisis of 2007-9. Available on NJIT YouTube Channel. •Established and co-direct the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center, an NJIT outreach center whose mission is to help commercialize new technology and to help companies to speed their time to market and revenue metrics. U.S. EDA grant funded activities include education of North Jersey based entrepreneurs. •Established and advise the NJIT Innovation Acceleration Club to help students learn about entrepreneurship and commercialization of technology. •Established the New York Society of Security Analysts – NJIT Student Chapter. •With support from Capital One Bank, established and run the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge (NIAC), an early stage business model competition, which is open to Newark-based high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Now in its sixth year, this program has been expanded to include Newark community based businesses in partnership with GNEC, Rising Tide, Brick City Development Corporation, and others. •Established and run the NJIT Summer Innovation Accelerator Program, now in its fourth year, where student entrepreneurs can learn the Lean Startup Methodology and can launch their new business ventures. Winners of the NIAC are funded to participate in this program. We had 13 student teams participating this past summer. •Co-founded and am associate director of the Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research. With my colleagues we have contributed new ideas on the economic impacts of financial bubbles and have developed annual “Bubble Conferences” that have included many leading scholars. We just completed our fourth annual conference. •Established and co-produce the TEDxNJIT semi-annual conferences. These conferences feature industrial partners from IBM, Cisco, Forbes.com, Audible.com, and others in addition to NJIT students, faculty and administrators in each event and present “big ideas” as part of NJIT’s strategic initiatives. •Partnered with Capital One Bank to create and lead a summer program for “Student Bankers” to educate them on financial markets and institutions and to prepare them for college. Now including students from NY, NJ, and MD. •Worked with Professor Sylla and later led the Summer Financial Investment and Literacy Program for high school students. This program is designed to help Newark based students learn about finance and to prepare them to go to college. •In a grant-funded study conducted for the New Jersey Economic Development Agency, I carefully examined the tax credit programs offered by New Jersey to technology and bio-technology companies. This study develops a unique data set on the performance of the companies and makes an important contribution by developing theory and explaining why participating technology companies dramatically underperform participating bio-technology companies. •The failure of the mortgage market during our most recent financial crisis has led to a recent study where I have considered the structure of the mortgage transaction and developed practical proposals to develop new mortgage products that create stronger incentives to reduce risk and avoid foreclosure. This work is being developed within the Practitioner Demand Driven Academic Research Initiative (PDDARI) of the Financial Management Association where I was the NYC Chair. •In another outgrowth of work on the mortgage market, my co-authors and I am studying the overall structure of the mortgage market. In a response to the Federal Reserve Whitepaper of Jan 2012, I propose a path incorporating debt restructuring that might allow the government to exit the mortgage business while allowing the housing market to stabilize.
Publications & Projects
Published Book Chapters
• Ehrlich, M.A., Beauchamp, C.F., Sverdlove, R., Thomas, R., Stockman, M.G., “A Proposal to Improve U.S. Housing Market Incentives: A Response to the Federal Reserve White Paper of January 2012”, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance / A Morgan Stanley Publication, 24(4), Fall 2012, pp 33-45, editorial review with non-blind peer review.
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Euro Housing Recovery : Why Did It Falter?”, Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance / Wiley, 23(6), Sept/Oct 2012, pp 13-16, peer review.
• The Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference is the premier conference for early stage entrepreneurial research in the world.
• Parhankangas, A.; Ehrlich M.A., “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say Anything At All : How Blasting the Competition Affects Your Chances of Raising Business Angel Funding”, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2012, 14 pages, peer review.
Published Refereed Conference Abstracts
•The Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference is the premier conference for early stage entrepreneurial research in the world.
• Parhankangas, A.; Ehrlich, M.A., “How Entrepreneurs Seduce Business Angels : Finding a Balance Between Overstated Expectations and Understated Aspirations”, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson College, Babson Park, Massachusetts, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2009, 1 page, peer review.
In Process, Submitted, or In Preparation
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Program Evaluation : New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program”, New Jersey Economic Development Agency, Trenton, NJ, 2010, 47 pages. Published by NJ State Treasurer with peer review by NJ Chief Economist, http://nj.gov/transparency/reports/pdf/NJ%20Technology%20Business%20Tax%20Certificate%20Transfer%20Program.pdf
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Program Evaluation : New Jersey Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Programs”, New Jersey Economic Development Agency, Trenton, NJ, 2010, 45 pages. Published by NJ State Treasurer with peer review by NJ Chief Economist, http://nj.gov/transparency/reports/pdf/NJ%20Film%20and%20Digital%20Media%20Tax%20Credit%20Program.pdf
• Ehrlich, M., “Examination of the Relationship Between Credit Spreads and Financial Bubbles”, NJIT/Leir Bubble Conference, Ridgefield CT, September 20, 2013.
• Chou, P., Ehrlich, M., and Sverdlove, R. “The Central Bank and the Risk Sharing Network for Financial Institutions”, Financial Management Association, Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2012.
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Realignment of US Housing Market Incentives : A Response to Federal Reserve Whitepaper of Jan 2012”, Leir Bubble Conference/Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research, Ridgefield CT, September 14-15, 2012, Invited.
• Ehrlich,M.A.; Parhankangas, A., “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say Anything At All : How Blasting the Competition Affects Your Chances of Raising Business Angel Funding”, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference/Babson College, Fort Worth, Texas, June 7-9, 2012. Peer Review.
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Practitioner Demand Driven Academic Research Initiative”, FMA Annual Meeting/Financial Management Association, Denver CO, October 20-22, 2011, Invited.
• Ehrlich, M.A., “Unexpected Consequences of Financial Innovation: Structured Investment Vehicles Case Study”, Leir Bubble Conference/Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research, Ridgefield CT, September 9-10, 2011, Invited.
• Ehrlich, M.A.; Parhankangas, A., “How Entrepreneurs Seduce Business Angels”, Research Seminar/Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Sweden, September 28, 2010. Peer Review.
• Ehrlich, M.A.; Parhankangas, A., “How Entrepreneurs Seduce Business Angels”, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference/Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 4-6, 2009. Peer Review.
• Ehrlich,M.A.; Chou, B.,”Financial Network Formation and Central Bank Policy”, EEA Annual Meeting/ Eastern Economic Association, New York NY, February 27 – March 1, 2009. Peer Review.
• Ehrlich, M.A., Chou, B., .,”Financial Network Formation and Central Bank Policy”, SEA Annual Meeting/ Southern Economic Association, Washington DC, November 22-24, 2008. Peer Review.