Jan Ericsson

Director, Master of Management in Finance; Associate Professor, Finance
Contact Information
Email address: 
jan.ericsson [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate email address: 
emily.saracino [at] mcgill.ca

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


PhD, Financial Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
MSc, Financial Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden


Professor Ericsson joined the Desautels Faculty of Management in the autumn of 1999 with a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics (1997). A former Marie Curie Fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, he is now an associate professor, coordinator of the finance group, and a fellow at the Stockholm Institute for Financial Research (SIFR).

Ericsson’s current research focuses on risk premia in corporate bond and credit derivative markets, and has been published in, among others, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Finance. Recently, his paper “Can Structural Models price Default? Evidence from Bond and Credit Derivative Markets," joint with Hao Wang and Joel Reneby, was recipient of the Best Fixed Income Paper prize at the 2006 FMA. His work has been presented more than 60 times at conferences and seminars across North America, Europe and Asia.

At McGill, Professor Ericsson has given derivatives, and fixed income courses at BCOM, MBA and PhD levels. Currently, he teaches introductory finance in the undergraduate and the MBA Japan programs. Additional pedagogic experiences are under the auspices of the Norwegian School of Management, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Catholic University of Louvain.

At the executive level, Ericsson has spearheaded single- and multi-name credit derivative courses, as well as general seminars on derivatives theory in Montreal, Stockholm, and New York. He has also acted as guest speaker at industry conferences in North America and the Caribbean. Furthermore, Professor Ericsson has carried out consulting projects for a Nordic real estate investment firm, the Swedish National Debt Office, as well as for a hedge fund startup in Scandinavia.


FINE 434 Topics in Finance 1 3 Credits
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FINE 451 Fixed Income Analysis 3 Credits
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FINE 710 Fixed Income Securities Theory 3 Credits
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Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Credit Derivatives
Financial Distress
Risk Management
Selected publications: 

Selected publications

“Pricing Default Swaps with Observable Covariates” (2013), Joint with Hitesh Doshi, Kris Jacobs and Stuart Turnbull, Review of Financial Studies, 26, 2049-2094. 

“The Cost of Financial Distress and the Timing of Default” (2012), Joint with Redouane Elkamhi and Chris Parsons. Journal of Financial Economics, 105, 62-81. Presented at NBER, AFA.

“The Determinants of Default Swap Premia” (2009). Joint with Kris Jacobs and Rodolfo Oviedo Helfenberger. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

“Liquidity and Credit Risk” (2006). Joint with Olivier Renault (StormHarbour). Journal of Finance, 61.

“Estimating Structural Bond Pricing Models”. Joint with Joel Reneby. Journal of Business. vol. 78, no. 2, 2005.

Chapters in Books

“Att värdera ett företag och dess skulder.” (“Valuing a Company and its Debt”) in “Från optionsprissättning till konkurslagstiftning.” (“From Option Pricing to Bankruptcy Law”, 1997, Clas Bergström & Tomas Björk (eds.)).

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


1997-1999: EU TMR fellowship


2010-2013: IFM2

2008-2011: SSHRC

2008-2011: SSHRC

2006-2008: IFM2

2005-2007: IFM2

2002-2005: Fonds Québecois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC)

1999-2001: Start-up grant