Charles Maxwell Becker

Charles Maxwell Becker

Research Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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, 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." Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS. January 1, 2014. 99-142. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Morrison, AR. "Chapter 43 Urbanization in transforming economies." 1999. 1673-1790. Full Text

Ye, VY, and Becker, CM. "The Z-axis: Elevation gradient effects in Urban America." Regional Science and Urban Economics (October 2017). Full Text Open Access Copy

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 53.9 (September 2, 2017): 1452-1470. 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

Geissler, KH, Becker, C, Stearns, SC, Thirumurthy, H, and Holmes, GM. "Exploring the Association of Homicides in Northern Mexico and Healthcare Access for US Residents." Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17.4 (August 2015): 1214-1224. Full Text

An, G, and Becker, CM. "Uncertainty, Insecurity, and Emigration from Kazakhstan to Russia." World Development 42.1 (2013): 44-66. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Merkuryeva, IS. "Disability incidence and official health status transitions in Russia." Econ Hum Biol 10.1 (January 2012): 74-88. Full Text

Anthopolos, R, and Becker, CM. "Global Infant Mortality: Correcting for Undercounting." World Development 38.4 (2010): 467-481. Full Text

Andreev, AA, and Becker, CM. "Age-adjusted disability rates and regional effects in Russia." Demographic Research 23 (2010): 749-770. Full Text

Becker, CM. "Urbanization and rural-urban migration." International Handbook of Development Economics, Volumes 1 & 2 (2008): 516-531.

Becker, CM, and Craigie, T-A. "W. Arthur lewis in retrospect." Review of Black Political Economy 34.3-4 (2007): 187-216. Full Text


Becker, CM, Mirkasimov, B, and Steiner, S. "Forced Marriage and Birth Outcomes." Demography 54.4 (August 2, 2017): 1401-1423. Full Text Open Access Copy

Becker, CM, and Turaeva, M. "Queen Bees and Domestic Violence: Patrilocal Marriage in Tajikistan." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) 232 (October 31, 2016). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Becker, CM, and Turaeva, M. "Appendix to 'Queen Bees and Domestic Violence: Patrilocal Marriage in Tajikistan'." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) 233 (October 31, 2016). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Ye, V, and Becker, CM. "The (Literally) Steepest Slope: Spatial, Temporal, and Elevation Variance Gradients in Urban Spatial Modelling." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) 202 (October 15, 2016). (Working Paper)

Nigmatulina, D, and Becker, CM. "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 198 (December 30, 2015). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Becker, CM, and Yea, A. "The Value of Manufactured Housing Communities: A Dual-Ownership Model." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper 196 (October 15, 2015). (Working Paper) 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