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. M., A. S. Seitenova, and J. Piedra. “Demand for bank loans and credit bureau services in the Republic of.” ,” Central Asian Journal of Management, Economics and Social Research 3, no. 1 (2002): 1–19.

Becker, C. M., and S. V. Paltsev. “Macro-Experimental Economics in the Kyrgyz Republic: Social Security Sustainability and.” Comparative Economic Studies 43, no. 4 (October 2001): 1–34.

Quddus, M., and C. M. Becker. “Speculative Price Bubbles in the Rice Market and the 1974 Bangladesh Famine.” Journal of Economic Development 25, no. 2 (December 2000): 155–75. Open Access Copy

Becker, C., and D. Bloom. “The Demographic crisis in the Former Soviet Union: Introduction.” World Development 26, no. 11 (December 1, 1998): 1913–19. Full Text

Becker, C. M., and D. S. Urzhumova. “Pension burdens and labor force participation in Kazakstan.” World Development 26, no. 11 (November 1, 1998): 2087–2103. Full Text

Becker, C. M., D. I. Bibosunova, G. E. Holmes, and M. M. Ibragimova. “Maternal care vs. economic wealth and the health of newborns: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Kansas City, USA.” World Development 26, no. 11 (November 1, 1998): 2057–72. Full Text

Becker, C. M., and D. D. Hemley. “Demographic change in the former Soviet Union during the transition period.” World Development 26, no. 11 (November 1, 1998): 1957–75. Full Text

Becker, C. M., and Christopher Grewe. “Rural-Urban Migration in Africa: Do Age-Gender Cohorts Matter?Journal of African Economies 5, no. 2 (June 1996): 228–70.

Becker, C. M., and C. D. Grewe. “Cohort-specific rural-urban migration in Africa.Journal of African Economies 5, no. 2 (June 1996): 228–70. Full Text