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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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?

Immigration
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The Economic Effect Of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Critics of the president’s executive actions on immigration reform go too far when they claim that immigrants are harmful to the US economy. Simplistic appeals to economic logic, gilded with nativist assumptions, hint that the arrival of millions of immigrant workers cannot help but compete for a finite number of American-based jobs.

Survey Results

Letter from the Editor

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Two weeks after the midterm election of 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy in a fifteen-minute televised speech from the White House. The centerpiece was announcing “deferred action” for up to five million undocumented immigrant adults, including work permits and drivers’ licenses for those who register.

Featured Commentary

For the Coming Recession, Hope For the Best, Prepare For the Worst

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Great Recession started seven years ago (December 2007). It seems hard to believe, but could America already be overdue for another? The recently released employment data for December 2014 marks seven years since the prior peak, or 84 months. This is worth noting because the average duration of U.S. business cycles since 1854 is 56.4 months, or just under five years. That's two recession per decade.

Featured Commentary

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.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
Survey ResultsFeatured Commentary

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.

Featured Commentary

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.

Featured Commentary

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.

Global Puzzle Pieces
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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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