Timothy Kane

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Tim Kane is an economist and research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Previously, he was the chief economist at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. In addition to senior research roles at the Kauffman Foundation and the Heritage Foundation, Kane has served twice as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress.

Kane has published scholarly research on diverse topics, including job creation by start-ups, economic growth, US politics, foreign affairs, and national security. Dozens of media outlets have cited his research, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has provided commentary for ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, National Public Radio, WSJ Opinion Journal, and Bloomberg TV.

From 1995 to 2001, Kane cofounded multiple software firms in San Diego. His start-up enonymous.com received venture funding and was awarded “software start-up of the year” in 1999. Kane remains an active entrepreneur, investor, and mentor.

From 1990 to 1995, Kane served as an air force officer with two tours of duty overseas. He was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, and in Tokyo, Japan, and worked closely with allied forces in both countries.

In 2012, Kane authored Bleeding Talent (Palgrave MacMillan), about leadership in the US military that has been favorably reviewed by the New York Times, Joint Forces Quarterly, and National Review. He is working on a research project to expound on the idea of a total volunteer force for the US military.

Kane’s most recent book is Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America (Simon and Schuster), coauthored with Glenn Hubbard. Kane and Hubbard blog at www.balanceofeconomics.com.

Kane earned a PhD in economics from UC San Diego. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife, Hiromi, and their children.

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Border Crisis Is Unfair, But No Surprise

by Timothy Kanevia CNN.com
Friday, July 18, 2014

Watching the flood of immigrant children from Central America seeking, and gaining, entry into the United States, one is struck by the chaos at all levels. It is a crisis, but hardly a surprise.

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American Immigration in the 21st Century

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, June 23, 2014

Peregrine is an online journal with a unique mission.  Each issue will address one topic out of the many elements related to immigration in the US. This inaugural issue, in fact, asks the most basic question of all: What is the right amount of legal immigration?

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The Truth About Republicans, Congress and Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia FoxNews.com
Friday, June 20, 2014

“Immigration reform is dead,” wrote Ezra Klein the day after college professor Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va). In this narrative, Cantor was an instrumental deal-maker unseated by the Tea Party rabble rousers. His loss scuttled prospects for reform. 

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Special: Rauh, Haber, and Kane on the John Batchelor Show

by Stephen Haber, Joshua D. Rauh, Timothy Kanevia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 9, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a discussion on the far reach of the federal government, featuring Hoover senior fellows Stephen Haber and Joshua Rauh and Hoover research fellow Tim Kane.

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Coming Together: Flight 370 Search Unites Global Community

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tim Kane says the international effort to search for Flight 370 is a rare bright spot in an otherwise devastating tragedy.

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A Subtle Danger

by Timothy Kanevia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 24, 2014

The new Federal Reserve chair just had a stellar inaugural news conference, and kudos to her.

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Why 2014 Will Be The Year of Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia FoxNews.com
Friday, January 3, 2014

A curious case of generational timing can be observed in the fact that major changes to U.S. immigration policy occur once every two and half decades.

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Reform the Pentagon

by Timothy Kanevia National Review Online
Thursday, December 12, 2013

A freer military would allow future presidents to manage the force more nimbly.