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 http://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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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Ash Carter’s Speech: A Beginning, Not A Defeat, Of The Personnel Revolution.

by Timothy Kanevia Foreign Policy
Monday, November 23, 2015

[Subscription required] The reforms unveiled in the “Force of the Future” speech given by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on November 18th fell short of what many reformers hoped. 

Analysis and Commentary

Common Sense On Syrian Refugees

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Friday, November 20, 2015

Understand that the debate about Syrian refugees in the United States is a political sideshow.

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Letter from the Editor: The Ideal Level of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

What is the goal of immigration policy? The state of public debate and media coverage would lead you to believe that the United States has a broken immigration system and that the remedy should focus on securing the southern border to achieve zero illegal immigration.

Analysis and Commentary

There’s A Reason America’s Vets Can’t Find Work But Not What Ben Bernanke Thinks

by Timothy Kanevia Foreign Policy
Monday, October 5, 2015

Almost half a century after the U.S. military adopted an All Volunteer Force of highly skilled, highly trained, high-IQ warriors, the myth of the stupid soldier lives on. Numerous studies have debunked it.


Why Capitalism Is Worth Defending To The Pope

by Timothy Kanevia Fortune
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Earlier this year, a U.S. economist met with Pope Francis’ closest economic adviser, who wanted to hear his defense on capitalism. Here’s his advice.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Immigration Plan? Big Government With An Extra Dose Of Impractical

by Timothy Kanevia USA Today
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hard-line proposals, not quiet compromise will be the theme of the next phase of the immigration debate.

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Analysis and Commentary

What’s Happening To The World Economy?

by Timothy Kanevia Balance
Monday, August 24, 2015

A recession is coming. With the sudden 1000+ point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, following another major devaluation of China’s currency (8 percent?  My God, 8 percent?), and the incessant weaknesses in the U.S. labor force during this weakest of all recoveries, the signs of a new recession are all here. But remember, a recession is always coming.

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Immigration And The GOP

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The status of illegal aliens is and will continue to be a central issue of the 2016 presidential race. 

Analysis and Commentary

Banking Freedom, Yes. Fiscal Union, No.

by Timothy Kanequoting John H. Cochrane via Balance
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Is there a way to save the Greek people without saving the socialist government structure of Greece? Yes, according to an op-ed in today’s WSJ by UCLA economist Andrew Atkeson and my Hoover colleague John Cochrane.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Fed's Yellen Creating New Bubble By Not Raising Rates?

by Timothy Kanevia Investor's Business Daily
Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Federal Reserve refuses to raise interest rates despite clear signals that the labor market may be overheating. Thursday's jobless claims report was so low that it lit up Twitter.