Mikayla Novak is a leading Australian economist in the classical liberal philosophical tradition ‑ a passionate and principled voice favouring economic and social liberties for all people.
Her work is grounded in an evidence‑based approach to public policy issues, and an unrivalled capacity in statistical and quantitative analysis. In this regard, Mikayla has been widely recognised for her work in benchmarking taxation burdens and public sector services, as well as for developing Australia’s first sub‑national economic freedom index.
Mikayla Novak has contributed to the research efforts of various think tanks, including Centre for Independent Studies (Australia), Institute of Public Affairs (Australia), Cato Institute (United States), Foundation of Economic Education (United States), Center for a Stateless Society (United States), and Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom).
With a doctorate in economics awarded at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and a First Class Honours economics degree at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), Novak is a prolific contributor to policy debates. She has written over two hundred opinion articles on public finance, government administration, welfare, and social policy issues in Australia, as well as research papers and articles for international publications.
Her research interests include public sector economics, social policy, economic freedom, individual rights, economic history, history of economic thought, economic sociology, and classical liberal philosophy.