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Dr Cahit Guven



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2010
Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), , 2008


Dr Cahit Guven is a senior lecturer in Economics at Deakin University.

His research areas are economics of happiness, health economics and economics of immigration. His research has been cited in Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. His research was also cited by Congressional Research Service report on the “The Distribution of Household Income and the Middle Class” to the US Congress and in MP proposals on maternity leave entitlements to the NZ and Australian parliaments.

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Research interests

  • Applied Micro Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Behavioural Economics


  • Member for Research Institute on Social Cohesion (May 2016-December 2018)
  • Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

Teaching interests

  • Econometrics
  • Statistics
  • Macroeconomics

Media appearances

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Financial Times. USNews
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mail
  • Times of India
  • Marie-Claire
  • Yahoo! Finance News International
  • Canada CBC News
  • Channel 9 National News
  • The Age
  • Herald Sun
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Australian
  • SBS International
  • 2GB Radio Sydney
  • ABC 774 Radio


Current Research Projects

  • Maternity Leave Legislation, Prohibition of Night-Work and Women’s Labour Market Outcomes (with Salma Ahmad)
  • The Effects of the Gallipoli Campaign on Turkish Child Survivors in Anatolia. (with Mehmet Ulubasoglu)


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Revisiting the relationship between marriage and wellbeing : does marriage quality matter?

B Chapman, C Guven

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 533-551, Journal of happiness studies, Berlin, Germany, C1


Gender roles and the education gender gap in Turkey

A Caner, C Guven, C Okten, S Sakalli

(2016), pp. 1231-1254, Social indicators research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement, New York, N.Y., C1


Financial integration: the role of tradable and non-tradable goods

C Guven

(2016), Vol. 53, pp. 345-353, Economic modelling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Height, aging and cognitive abilities across Europe

C Guven, W Lee

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 16-29, Economics and human biology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Age at migration, language proficiency, and socioeconomic outcomes: evidence from Australia.

C Guven, A Islam

(2015), Vol. 52, pp. 513-542, Demography, Berlin, Germany, C1


Benefits of education at the intensive margin: childhood academic performance and adult outcomes among American immigrants

D Gevrek, Z Gevrek, C Guven

(2015), Vol. 41, pp. 298-328, Eastern economic journal, Basingstoke, Eng., C1


Life satisfaction and longevity: longitudinal evidence from the German socio-economic panel

C Guven, R Saloumidis

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 453-472, German economic review, Chichester, England, C1


Rain or shine: happiness and risk-taking

C Guven, I Hoxha

(2014), pp. 1-10, Quarterly review of economics and finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Height and cognitive function at older ages : is height a useful summary measure of early childhood experiences?

C Guven, W Lee

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 224-233, Health economics, London, England, C1


Engaging in corruption: The influence of cultural values and contagion effects at the microlevel

W Lee, C Guven

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 287-300, Journal of Economic Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Subjective well-being: keeping up with the perception of the Joneses

C Guven, B Sorensen

(2012), Vol. 109, pp. 439-469, Social indicators research, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1


Reversing the question: does happiness affect consumption and savings behavior?

C Guven

(2012), Vol. 33, pp. 701-717, Journal of economic psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1


You can't be happier than your wife. Happiness gaps and divorce.

C Guven, C Senik, H Stichnoth

(2012), Vol. 82, pp. 110-130, Journal of economic behavior and organization, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Are happier people better citizens?

C Guven

(2011), Vol. 64, pp. 178-192, Kyklos, Oxford, England, C1


Determinants of maternity leave duration in Australia : evidence from the HILDA survey

A Ulker, C Guven

(2011), Vol. 87, pp. 399-413, Economic record, Richmond, Vic., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Developing Climate Inclusive Potential Loss and Damage Assessment Methodology for Flood Hazards

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Dr Cahit Guven

  • 2018: $2,701
  • 2017: $4,242
  • 2016: $5,177
  • 2015: $9,599


Associate Supervisor

Nourin Shabnam

Thesis entitled: Essays on Early-Life Malnutrition and Adulthood Socioeconomic Outcomes: Bangladesh Evidence

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Economics


Muhammad Iqbal Anjum

Thesis entitled: Economic Effects of the External Debt Crisis for Pakistan

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance