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, Musabek, E, Seitenova, A-G, and Urzhumova, D. "The migration response to economic shock: lessons." Journal of Comparative Economics 33.1 (March 2005). (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, and Urzhumova, DS. "Mortality recovery and stabilization in Kazakhstan, 1995-2001." Econ Hum Biol 3.1 (March 2005): 97-122. Full Text

Seitenova, A-GS, and Becker, CM. "Kazakhstan's pension system: Pressures for change and dramatic reforms." Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics 45.2 (2004): 151-187.

Becker, CM, Musabek, EN, Seitenova, A-GS, and Urzhumova, DS. "Short-term migration responses of women and men during economic turmoil: Lessons from Kazakhstan." Eurasian Geography and Economics 44.3 (2003): 228-243.

Becker, CM. "Fertility Decline in sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of African Policy Studies 7.2-3 (May 2002): 1-16. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, Seitenova, AS, and Piedra, J. "Demand for bank loans and credit bureau services in the Republic of." ,” Central Asian Journal of Management, Economics and Social Research 3.1 (2002): 1-19. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, and Paltsev, SV. "Macro-Experimental Economics in the Kyrgyz Republic: Social Security Sustainability and." Comparative Economic Studies 43.4 (October 2001): 1-34. (Academic Article)

Quddus, M, and Becker, CM. "Speculative Price Bubbles in the Rice Market and the 1974 Bangladesh Famine." Journal of Economic Development 25.2 (December 2000): 155-175. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy