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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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.

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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.

Lincoln Memorial
Analysis and Commentary

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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