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Michael Ehrlich - New Jersey Institute of Technology. Newark, NJ, US

Michael Ehrlich

Associate Professor of Finance and Co-Director of NJ Innovation Acceleration Center | New Jersey Institute of Technology


Professor Ehrlich's research focuses on financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on market failures






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Professor Ehrlich's research focuses on financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on market failures. He has written about the unintended consequences of financial market innovation and is Associate Director of the Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research. Recently he has focused on the challenges of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercializing new technology with emphasis on developing inclusive entrepreneurship.

Recently, Ehrlich has presented impacts of the economic effects of the coronavirus, which include tourism and travel, supply chain disruptions, and the "flight to quality."

Areas of Expertise (10)


Commercialization of Innovation

Market Failures

Financial Crises

Financial Markets


Financial Institutions

Financial Market Innovations


Small Business Development

Accomplishments (2)

Business Process Analyst Mastery Award for Educators (professional)


Proven expertise to identify key performance indicators (KPI) and apply business process and change management concepts to help achieve objectives, using IBM Blueworks. He has demonstrated advanced proficiency on topics such as process analysis and improvement, BPMN, change management, priority matrix, upstream & downstream impacts, and KPIs.

Established and Co-Direct the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center (professional)

Established 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.

Education (2)

Princeton University: PhD, Economics 1986

Yale University: BA, Economics 1981

Media Appearances (1)

Banks fail, but NJ hiring spree continues. How does this make sense? 5 things to learn

The Record  online


New Jersey's economy added nearly 130,000 jobs in 2022, and its labor market got off to a roaring start in 2023 in a sign that employers are continuing to hire with abandon to try to meet their customers' demand.

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Research Grants (1)


National Science Foundation $329,915.00


The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

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Articles (5)

Protecting your firm from FX risk

Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance

Michael Ehrlich, Asokan Anandarajan

2018 Recent oil‐price hikes are hurting U.S. businesses. But Europe seems protected—perhaps by the rising value of the euro against the U.S. dollar. So U.S.‐based managers need to compensate for the falling value of the dollar when planning their business strategies. How can U.S. managers protect their companies from rising foreign exchange (FX) risks? The authors offer some vital tools and strategies—and discuss what perils the future may hold.

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Does High-tech Business Incubation/acceleration Work? A Cluster Development Approach

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research

Michael Ehrlich, Annaleena Parhankangas

2016 The rapid introduction of technological innovations since the 1980’s has fostered the shared perception among policy makers, practitioners, and academics that high-tech innovations generate wealth and employment. The desire to increase the population of small high-tech firms has attracted substantial private and public funding of incubators, accelerators, science parks, and co-working spaces. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) reports that in 2012 there were over 1250 incubators in the U.S., up from only 12 in 1980 and internationally, thousands more incubation initiatives have recently been established in Europe and Asia. Yet these institutions remain little understood, without an agreed underlying theoretical framework or established metrics for evaluation. We utilize a novel theoretical framework, adapted from cluster theory, to establish sound metrics for evaluation of incubation/acceleration institutions. We undertake an empirical incubator evaluation using a new dataset as a model for systematic incubator evaluation. This paper develops and tests a set of hypotheses on how high-tech firms benefit from participation in a business incubator. First, building on cluster development theory, which focuses on a geographically proximate group of interconnected companies linked by externalities of various types, we expect incubator participants to demonstrate enhanced employment growth and innovation metrics. Second, we develop the concept of a networked incubator, which fosters territorial synergy, relational symbiosis, and economies of scope, based on network theory and social capital theory, to explain the link between employment/innovation performance and human/network capital measures.

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How entrepreneurs seduce business angels: An impression management approach

Journal of Business Venturing

Annaleena Parhankangas, Michael Ehrlich

2014 This paper develops and tests a set of hypotheses concerning how impression management strategies deployed by entrepreneurs affect their likelihood to secure funding. We test our propositions on a sample of nascent ventures seeking business angel funding in the New York metropolitan area. Our results suggest that business angels prefer investment proposals characterized by the moderate use of positive language, moderate levels of promotion of innovation, supplication and blasting of competition, and high levels of opinion conformity.

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International lessons for US housing finance

Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance

Michael Ehrlich, Asokan Anandarajan

2011 The United States has not recovered from the effects of the recent housing bubble. Nor is there an optimistic forecast for the future of housing—which is characterized by lack of demand, falling prices, and foreclosures. This is not a problem for other Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD) countries, which are recovering far more quickly. But why is this so?

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Structured investment vehicles: The unintended consequences of financial innovation

Bank Accounting & Finance

Michael Ehrlich, Asokan Anandarajan, Benjamin Chou

2009 Twenty years ago, structured investment vehicles (SIVs) did not exist. During the two decades since their inception, SIVs grew to more than $400 billion in assets and represented about five percent of the U.S. corporate debt market. By the end of 2008, SIV assets had become virtually extinct. There are currently no remaining SIV assets that are not in bankruptcy or rating agency enforcement. What happened? SIVs are offshore investment companies that manage banking assets that are not displayed on a bank's balance sheet. A bank- or hedge-fund-sponsored SIV typically invests in complex asset-backed credit market instruments. In theory, the investments are high quality. In practice, they can be illiquid and hard to value. The SIV sponsor earns management fees that are based on the difference between what the assets earn and the cost of financing the assets. In essence, SIVs are unregulated companies that engage in the banking business. Without deposit insurance, SIVs became subject to the rapid loss of funding that is generally known as a run on the bank. In the last year, the SIV business collapsed. The remaining SIV assets are either in bankruptcy or facing rating agency enforcement.

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