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

Andreev, A. A., and C. M. Becker. “Age-adjusted disability rates and regional effects in Russia.” Demographic Research 23 (November 10, 2010): 749–70. Full Text

Anthopolos, R., and C. M. Becker. “Global Infant Mortality: Correcting for Undercounting.” World Development 38, no. 4 (April 1, 2010): 467–81. Full Text

Becker, C. M. “Urbanization and rural-urban migration,” December 1, 2008, 516–31.

Becker, C. M., and T. A. Craigie. “W. Arthur lewis in retrospect.” Review of Black Political Economy 34, no. 3–4 (December 1, 2007): 187–216. Full Text

Becker, C. M., E. N. Musabek, A. G. S. Seitenova, and D. S. Urzhumova. “The migration response to economic shock: Lessons from Kazakhstan.” Journal of Comparative Economics 33, no. 1 (March 1, 2005): 107–32. Full Text

Becker, Charles M., and Dina S. Urzhumova. “Mortality recovery and stabilization in Kazakhstan, 1995-2001.Economics and Human Biology 3, no. 1 (March 2005): 97–122. Full Text

Seitenova, A. G. S., and C. M. Becker. “Kazakhstan's pension system: Pressures for change and dramatic reforms.” Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics 45, no. 2 (December 1, 2004): 151–87.

Becker, C. M., E. N. Musabek, A. G. S. Seitenova, and D. S. Urzhumova. “Short-term migration responses of women and men during economic turmoil: Lessons from Kazakhstan.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 44, no. 3 (January 1, 2003): 228–43. Full Text

Becker, C. M. “Fertility Decline in sub-Saharan Africa.” Journal of African Policy Studies 7, no. 2–3 (May 2002): 1–16.