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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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.

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Letter From The Editor

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The number-one policy most Americans think of in response to illegal immigration is securing the border. It has become a reflexive rallying cry that border security has to come first, before any other policy, to deal with the estimated twelve million immigrants who live in the country.

Commentary: Military's management practices can't compete

by Timothy Kane
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

As debate intensifies in Congress about reforming the Pentagon's retirement and personnel policies, a new survey I conducted in partnership with Military Times yielded high scores for leadership culture in the U.S. military services compared to private sector firms, but far lower scores in talent management. The survey measures 40 elements of leadership...

The Leader/Talent Matrix: An Empirical Perspective on Organizational Culture

by Timothy Kane
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The United States military has a peculiar management dilemma: there is a strong consensus about the need – highlighted by numerous recent Secretaries of Defense – to reform personnel policies but uncertainty about how to proceed. In order to make private sector experiences and academic insights more relevant, this study presents a new, forty-element assessment of organizational leadership culture and talent management practices.

Don’t Retreat on the Draft

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

The Pentagon may need reforms, but return to conscription? That would be double marching in the wrong direction.

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Abraham Lincoln's War On Inequality

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Abraham Lincoln would be embarrassed about the polarization of U.S. politics today, 150 years after his assassination. Make no mistake, Lincoln was a polarizing president.

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Economic Quagmire And Opportunity

by Timothy Kane, R. Glenn Hubbardvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, April 10, 2015

Abraham Lincoln would be embarrassed about the polarization of U.S. politics today. He is remembered as the president who emancipated America’s slaves and won America’s bitter Civil War, then martyred on April 15, 1865, one hundred and fifty years ago.

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Promethean America

by Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Can you kill your way to victory? Yes, if you are engaged in a hot war against a conventional enemy. Yes, too, if you face homicidal extremists. Killing them may be the only option. Indeed, death is the essential dimension of warfare.

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Military Retirement: Too Sweet A Deal?

by Timothy Kanevia War on the Rocks
Monday, March 2, 2015

Retiring from the U.S. military is a sweet deal for the 17 percent of veterans who are allowed to serve for twenty years on active duty. Too sweet.

The Entrepreneurial Decision: A Two-System Survey of D.C. Food-Truck Owners

by Timothy Kane
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

With continued weakness in the U.S. economy in recent years, the status of entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as vital to recovery. However, the decline in rates of entrepreneurship over the past four decades raises important research questions. What motivates an individual worker to choose entrepreneurship over employment?

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