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, and Morrison, A. "The Determinants of Urban Population Growth in sub-Saharan Africa." Economic Development and Cultural Change 36.2 (January 1988): 259-278. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM, Bartik, T, Bush, J, and Lake, S. "Saturn and State Economic Development." Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 2.1 (March 1987): . 29 40-. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM. "Economic Sanctions Against South Africa." World Politics 39.2 (January 1987): 147-173. (Academic Article)

Becker, CM. "Urban sector income distribution and economic development." Journal of Urban Economics 21.2 (1987): 127-145.

Becker, CM, Mills, ES, and Williamson, JG. "Modelling Indian migration and city growth, 1960-2000." Economic Development & Cultural Change 35.1 (1987): 1-33.

Becker, CM, Mills, ES, and Williamson, JG. "Dynamics of rural-urban migration in India: 1960-1981." Indian journal of quantitative economics 2.1 (1986): 1-43.

Becker, CM, and Ray, KC. "Water resources in the soviet union: Trends and prospects." Studies in Environmental Science 25.C (1984): 347-379. Full Text

Becker, CM, and Fullerton, D. "Income Tax Incentives to Promote Savings." National Tax Journal 33.3 (September 1980): 331-351. (Academic Article)