Michael G. Ferri

Foundation Chair in Finance, George Mason University


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
M.A., University of Notre Dame, IN, 1969
A.B., Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1967

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Michael Ferri is the Foundation Chair in Finance at the School of Management of George Mason University, having held academic positions at the University of Kentucky, the University of South Carolina, and John Carroll University. He is the co-author with Frank Fabozzi and Franco Modigliani of several editions of the Foundations of Financial Markets and Institutions (Prentice-Hall). Dr. Ferri was recently ranked 120th among 17,601 authors who published in the "26 Core Finance Journals" from 1959 to 2008. His academic and practitioner publications relate to high-yield bonds, corporate earnings, money markets, mergers, stock market changes, mutual funds, and short selling.

In 1997, Dr. Ferri was the Dale Coenen Visiting Professor in Finance at the Darden School of the University of Virginia. From June 1997 to December 1998, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2000 to 2001, he was the Vice-President for Economic Research and Deputy Chief Economist of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Dr. Ferri has served as a consultant to several financial institutions, including the SEC and the FINRA. He has been an expert or consulting witness in various courts and in arbitrations before the NASD and the NYSE. The cases have involved such issues as suitability, disclosure, mark-ups, inverse floaters, collateralized mortgage obligations, corporate re-organization, and prudent investment, among others. At GMU, he has won the MBA Teacher of the Year Award and been recognized as Outstanding Faculty Member.

Economics and Business Specialties
Financial economics
Financial management
Securities and investments

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Expert witness, finance, securities

Industry Experience

Asset-backed securities
Corporate finance
Financial markets and institutions
Short selling

Selected Publications & Presentations

Informed Trading Before Analyst Downgrades: Evidence from Short Sellers. Forthcoming at the Journal of Financial Economics (with S. Christophe and J. Hsieh).

The Response of US Equity Values to the 2004 Presidential Election. Journal of Applied Finance, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2008, pp. 29-37.

Short-Selling Prior to Earnings Announcements. Journal of Finance, Vol. 59, No. 4, August 2004 (with S. Christophe and J. Angel).

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