Charles Maxwell Becker

Charles Maxwell Becker

Research Professor of Economics

External Address: 
312 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(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, C., and T. Rickert. “Zoned out? The determinants of manufactured housing rents: Evidence from North Carolina.” Journal of Housing Economics 46 (December 1, 2019). Full Text

Steiner, S., and C. M. Becker. “How marriages based on bride capture differ: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan.” Demographic Research 41 (July 1, 2019): 579–92. Full Text

Werner, C., C. Edling, C. Becker, E. Kim, R. Kleinbach, F. E. Sartbay, and W. Teachout. “Bride kidnapping in post-Soviet Eurasia: a roundtable discussion.” Central Asian Survey 37, no. 4 (October 2, 2018): 582–601. Full Text

Olofsgård, A., P. Wachtel, and C. M. Becker. “The economics of transition literature.” Economics of Transition 26, no. 4 (October 1, 2018): 827–40. Full Text

Ye, V. Y., and C. M. Becker. “The Z-axis: Elevation gradient effects in Urban America.” Regional Science and Urban Economics 70 (May 1, 2018): 312–29. Full Text Open Access Copy

An, G., C. M. Becker, and E. Cheng. “Economic Crisis, Income Gaps, Uncertainty, and Inter-regional Migration Responses: Kazakhstan 2000–2014.” Journal of Development Studies 53, no. 9 (September 2, 2017): 1452–70. Full Text

Geissler, Kimberley, Sally C. Stearns, Charles Becker, Harsha Thirumurthy, and George M. Holmes. “The relationship between violence in Northern Mexico and potentially avoidable hospitalizations in the USA-Mexico border region.Journal of Public Health (Oxford, England) 38, no. 1 (March 2016): 14–23. Full Text

Geissler, Kimberley H., Charles Becker, Sally C. Stearns, Harsha Thirumurthy, and George M. Holmes. “Exploring the Association of Homicides in Northern Mexico and Healthcare Access for US Residents.Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17, no. 4 (August 2015): 1214–24. Full Text

Becker, Charles M., and Irina S. Merkuryeva. “Disability incidence and official health status transitions in Russia.Economics and Human Biology 10, no. 1 (January 2012): 74–88. Full Text


Becker, C. M., G. A. Marchenko, S. Khakimzhanov, A. G. S. Seitenova, and V. Ivliev. Social security reform in transition economies: Lessons from Kazakhstan, 2009. Full Text

Becker, C., S. J. Mendelsohn, and K. Benderskaya. “Russia’s planned urbanisation and misplaced urban development.” In Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS, 99–142, 2014. Full Text

Becker, C., and G. Price. “Curriculum intensity in graduate preparatory programs: The impact on performance and progression to graduate study among minority students in economics.” In Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future, 146–59, 2008.

Becker, C. M., and A. R. Morrison. “Chapter 43 Urbanization in transforming economies,” 3:1673–1790, 1999. Full Text

Becker, C. M., E. S. Mills, and J. G. Williamson. “IMPACT OF UNBALANCED PRODUCTIVITY ADVANCE ON INDIAN URBANIZATION: SOME PRELIMINARY FINDINGS.” In Modeling and Simulation, Proceedings of the Annual Pittsburgh Conference, 187–94, 1984.

Becker, Charles M., Bakhrom Mirkasimov, and Susan Steiner. “Forced Marriage and Birth Outcomes.Demography, August 2017. Full Text Open Access Copy

Becker, C. M., and M. Turaeva. “Queen Bees and Domestic Violence: Patrilocal Marriage in Tajikistan.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), October 31, 2016. Open Access Copy

Becker, C. M., and M. Turaeva. “Appendix to 'Queen Bees and Domestic Violence: Patrilocal Marriage in Tajikistan'.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), October 31, 2016. Open Access Copy

Ye, V., and C. M. Becker. “The (Literally) Steepest Slope: Spatial, Temporal, and Elevation Variance Gradients in Urban Spatial Modelling.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), October 15, 2016.

Nigmatulina, D., and C. M. Becker. “Is High-Tech Care in a Middle Income Country Worth It? Evidence from Perinatal Centers in Russia.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, December 30, 2015. Open Access Copy

Becker, C. M., and A. Yea. “The Value of Manufactured Housing Communities: A Dual-Ownership Model.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, October 15, 2015. Open Access Copy

Selected Grants

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