Welcome to my website! I am an associate professor of economics at Duke University, a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER and a Research Affiliate at the CEPR. My research interests lie in micro-founded macroeconomic questions and range from productivity, firm dynamics, the organization of production to the economics of uncertainty.

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Mail address:

Matthias Kehrig

Duke University

Department of Economics

Box 90097

Durham, NC 27708-0097


Fax: +1-919-681-7984

Office: 237 Social Sciences

Office Hours: on leave in Spring 2024

Who is the man above in that strange outfit?

It is Hermes, the god of messengers, economists, merchants, exchange and pure coincidence, I suppose gamblers, liars and thieves. Equipped with a winged helmet and winged shoes for faster air travel, he usually holds a caduceus (see left), the attribute of messengers

What is he doing here?

In Greek mythology, Hermes is the closest Olympian god to economics and business, that's why the caduceus shows up on this website and in many places related to commerce, for example:

Is the caduceus not a symbol of medicine?

Only in the United States. It seems that the U.S. Surgeon General in the late 19th century confused it with the Rod of Asclepios when he picked the caduceus, long before used in the merchant marine, as the attribute for the U.S. Marine Hospital Service. When the Marine Hospital Service became the U.S. Public Health Service, the caduceus stuck and spread as a symbol of the medical system in general. Speak about path dependence.