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., and David Hemley. “Interregional Inequality in Russia during the Transition Period.” Comparative Economic Studies 38, no. 1 (May 1996): 55–81.

Becker, C. M., and A. R. Morrison. “Observational equivalence in the modeling of African labor markets and urbanization.” World Development 21, no. 4 (January 1, 1993): 535–54. Full Text

Becker, C. M. “The demo-economic impact of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.” World Development 18, no. 12 (January 1, 1990): 1599–1619. Full Text

Becker, C. M. “The impact of sanctions on South Africa and its periphery.” African Studies Review 31, no. 2 (January 1, 1988): 61–88. Full Text

Becker, C. M., and Andrew Morrison. “The Determinants of Urban Population Growth in sub-Saharan Africa.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 36, no. 2 (January 1988): 259–78.

Becker, C. M., Timothy Bartik, John Bush, and Steven Lake. “Saturn and State Economic Development.” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 2, no. 1 (March 1987).

Becker, C. M. “Urban sector income distribution and economic development.” Journal of Urban Economics 21, no. 2 (January 1, 1987): 127–45. Full Text

Becker, C. M. “Economic sanctions against South Africa.” World Politics 39, no. 2 (January 1, 1987): 147–73. Full Text

Becker, C. M., E. S. Mills, and J. G. Williamson. “Modelling Indian migration and city growth, 1960-2000.Economic Development &Amp; Cultural Change 35, no. 1 (January 1, 1987): 1–33.

Becker, C. M., E. S. Mills, and J. G. Williamson. “Dynamics of rural-urban migration in India: 1960-1981.Indian Journal of Quantitative Economics 2, no. 1 (January 1986): 1–43.