Charles M. Becker

Research Professor

External Address: 
312 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097
(919) 660-1885

Charles Becker is interested in exploring the economies of such countries as Kazakhstan, India, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. His research has focused on economic demography, social security system forecasting, CGE modeling, mortality and disability risk, determinants of health care utilization, computable general equilibrium simulation modeling, and urban economics. His on-going projects involve assessing infant mortality rates, poverty in developing countries, accidental deaths in middle-income countries, and the performance of minority students in Economics doctoral programs. He recently worked with Irina Merkuryeva on a project investigating, “Disability Risk and Miraculous Recoveries in Russia,” and with Rebecca Anthopolos on, “Gobal Infant Mortality: Initial results from a cross-country infant mortality comparison project.” He also collaborated with Grigory Marchenko, Sabit Khakimzhanov, Ai-Gul Seitenova, and Vladimir Ivliev on a project entitled, “Social Secutiry Reform in Transition Economies: Lessons from Kazakhstan,” and with Amitava Krishna Dutt and Jaime Ros on, “Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration.”


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1981
  • B.A., Grinnell College 1976

Becker, CM, Marchenko, GA, Khakimzhanov, S, Seitenova, AGS, and Ivliev, V. Social security reform in transition economies: Lessons from Kazakhstan. January 1, 2009. Full Text

Becker, C, Mendelsohn, SJ, and Benderskaya, K. "Russia’s planned urbanisation and misplaced urban development." In Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS, 99-142. January 1, 2014. Full Text

An, G, Becker, CM, and Cheng, E. "Economic Crisis, Income Gaps, Uncertainty, and Inter-regional Migration Responses: Kazakhstan 2000–2014." The Journal of Development Studies (November 23, 2016): 1-19. Full Text

Becker, CM, Rouse, CE, and Chen, M. "Can a summer make a difference? The impact of the American Economic Association Summer Program on minority student outcomes." Economics of Education Review 53 (August 2016): 46-71. Full Text

American Economic Association Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

American Economic Association Summer Training Program awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2005