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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Free Soldiers Make a Free Nation

by Timothy Kanefeaturing Martin Andersonvia Commentary
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The godfather of the All-Volunteer military, Martin Anderson, died a few days ago at the age of 78. Anderson was a colleague of mine at the Hoover Institution, but he was working to end the draft before most of us were born.

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Immigration Action: Bad Law, Good Policy?

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014, accompanied by multiple official memos from the Department of Homeland Security and other executive branch agencies responsible for enforcement.

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Immigration Isn’t Killing The Middle Class

by Timothy Kanevia Washington Post
Monday, December 15, 2014

Imagine the United States is an island with seven people on it, including you and me. Along comes a sailboat with an immigrant who joins the economy and, according to a popular myth, steals a job from one of us.

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The Good Country

by Timothy Kanevia Commentary
Monday, December 1, 2014

President Obama’s foreign policy of disengagement has been shattered by the events of the past year. His conviction that a retrenched United States would be better for Americans at home and for people around the globe has only invited aggression, from the Middle East to Europe to the Pacific.

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Forgetting How To Grow

by Timothy Kanevia Cato Institute
Friday, November 21, 2014

Trying to understand why the greatest nation in history is lurching from crisis to crisis leads many observers to the narrative of American decline in the face of a foreign rival.

Survey of Immigration Experts–Designing a Better Work Visa

by Timothy Kanevia Analysis
Friday, November 14, 2014

A survey of immigration experts at US universities and think tanks was conducted during August 25–September 5, 2014.  Thirty-five individuals responded. The main topic was temporary guest worker visas. Additional questions were included that addressed two issues in the news: President Obama’s threatened use of executive action to change policy instead of working with legislation and the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the US borders and claiming asylum as victims of human trafficking.

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Your Insights Can Help Veterans

by Timothy Kanevia Analysis
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We are all driven slightly mad by the rising complexity of modern living, the ever-expanding tax code, the encroachment of the regulatory state on the basics of work, family, and faith.

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There's A Better Way To Do Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Immigration is the definitive wedge issue in American politics, but it doesn't have to be. When the Senate's Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act failed to pass the House this year, it was the third such failure of comprehensive reform in a decade.

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The Question of Work Visas

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The “year of immigration reform” has not unfolded like anyone expected as recently as the publication of our inaugural issue of Peregrine. Policy makers in Washington didn’t pass any news laws to impact policy, but events on the ground took on a life of their own.

Podcast: Peregrine: “Immigration Reform: What the Experts Say” with Timothy Kane
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Immigration and Economic Growth from the Supply Side

by Timothy Kanevia Fellow Talks
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tim Kane, a research fellow, discusses immigration and economic policy in the United States.

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