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, C, and Bloom, D. "The Demographic crisis in the Former Soviet Union: Introduction." World Development 26.11 (1998): 1913-1919. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Urzhumova, DS. "Pension burdens and labor force participation in Kazakstan." World Development 26.11 (1998): 2087-2103. Full Text

Becker, CM, Bibosunova, DI, Holmes, GE, and Ibragimova, MM. "Maternal care vs. economic wealth and the health of newborns: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Kansas City, USA." World Development 26.11 (1998): 2057-2072. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Hemley, DD. "Demographic change in the former Soviet Union during the transition period." World Development 26.11 (1998): 1957-1975. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Grewe, C. "Rural-Urban Migration in Africa: Do Age-Gender Cohorts Matter?." Journal of African Economies 5.2 (June 1996): 228-270. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, and Hemley, D. "Interregional Inequality in Russia during the Transition Period." Comparative Economic Studies 38.1 (May 1996): 55-81. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, and Grewe, CD. "Cohort-specific rural-urban migration in Africa." Journal of African Economies 5.2 (1996): 228-270.

Becker, CM, and Morrison, AR. "Observational equivalence in the modeling of African labor markets and urbanization." World Development 21.4 (1993): 535-554.

Becker, CM. "The demo-economic impact of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa." World Development 18.12 (1990): 1599-1619.

Becker, CM. "The Impact of Sanctions on South Africa and Its Periphery." African Studies Review 31.2 (September 1988): . 61-. 88. (Academic Article)