Staff profile - Cahit Guven

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Dr Cahit Guven

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45087 +61 3 924 45087



Dr. Cahit Guven is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Department of Economics. 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.


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


Member for Research Institute on Social Cohesion         May 2016-December 2018

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

Professional activities


Teaching Interests




Student supervision

PhD student supervisions (current and completed)

  • Nourin Shabnam. PhD in Economics (current)
  • Assoc. Supervisor. Muhammad Iqbal Anjum. PhD in Economics (completed 2012)

Honours students supervisions (completed)

  • Kate Sheehan. Honours in Economics (completed 2011)

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


Research projects

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)

Research interests

Applied Micro Econometrics

Health Economics

Behavioural Economics

Research grants

Central Research Grants Scheme, Deakin University. 16700 AUD. 2016

Developing Climate Inclusive Potential Loss and Damage Assessment Methodology for Flood Hazards (with Mehmet Ulubasoglu). 30 000 USD Research Grant from ADPC. 2015.

Research page



Guven, C., Senik, C., & Stichnoth, H. (2012). You can’t be happier than your wife. Happiness gaps and divorce. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 82(1): 110-130

Guven, C., & Lee, W. S. (2013). Height and cognitive function at older ages: is height a useful summary measure of early childhood experiences? Health Economics, 22(2): 224-233

Guven, C., & Islam, A. (2015). Age at migration, language proficiency, and socioeconomic outcomes: evidence from Australia. Demography, 52(2): 513-542

Guven, C. (2012). Reversing the question: does happiness affect consumption and savings behavior? Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(4): 701-717.

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