Timothy Kane

JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies
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Tim Kane is the JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Since 2013 he has served as the editor of Peregrine, an online journal devoted to US immigration policy. In addition to senior research roles at the Hudson Institute, 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 immigration policy, national security, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. 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.

In the late 1990s, Kane cofounded multiple software firms in San Diego. His start-up enonymous.com received venture funding and was awarded the Software Start-up of the Year in 1999.

Kane served as a US Air Force intelligence officer with two tours of overseas duty in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.

In 2012 Kane authored Bleeding Talent (Palgrave MacMillan), about leadership in the US military, that was favorably reviewed by the New York Times, Joint Forces Quarterly, and National Review. 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 earned a PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He currently lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Hiromi, and their children.

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Sanctuary and Sanctimony

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Defying the law is defying the law—even if it’s immigration law. 

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The Pentagon’s Personnel Problem

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

Perverse incentives in compensation and retirement have distorted the shape of the force.


The Evolving Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kanevia George W. Bush Institute
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While the tactics of fighting wars have evolved, military structure and methods of evaluating personnel have lagged behind. What steps can the U.S. military take to ensure that it can move as quickly as the next generation of warfare?


Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States

by Timothy Kanevia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies in front of the Joint Economic Committee concerning the causes and consequences of the decline of economic opportunity in the United States.


Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States: Causes And Consequences

by Timothy Kanevia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies before the  Joint Economic Committee about “The Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Immigration Crackdown, Or Crack-Up?

by Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, March 17, 2017

Federal judges who are blocking President's Trump new executive order restricting migration are making a mistake, using flawed reasoning, and setting back the larger cause of immigration reform. On Wednesday night, Derrick K. Watson, the U.S. District Judge in Hawaii, penned a 43-page jeremiad in the form of a legal ruling that freezes what he and others are calling a ban on Muslims. 

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Border Mystery: Where Are The Immigrants?

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Friday, March 10, 2017

Is the federal crackdown on illegal immigration having a deterrent effect? Or are we suddenly experiencing a calm before the storm?


6 Presidents Trump Can Look To As Economic Role Models

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Donald Trump won the presidency in a campaign in which ‘economic policies’ played a supporting role, but ‘the economy’ played a starring one.

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What’s Wrong With Sanctuary Cities? What Might Be Done? How Might It Affect California?

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were widely mischaracterized during the 2016 election campaign. Time and again media critics described Trump as a racist who opposes immigration.