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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Analysis and Commentary

Immigration Is A Dying Issue

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Sunday, October 9, 2016

A joke about the politics of immigration is that things are going nowhere, faster than ever. Even though the immigration debate hasn't changed in years, someone should tell Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that the immigration reality has. Demographics have shifted in Mexico and in Central America because women are having fewer babies.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship: Growing Business, Not Bureaucracy

by Timothy Kane
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane gives a testimony before the US Congress Joint Economic Committee.


America's Slowing Economic Dynamo

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, July 8, 2016

Why is American economic growth sluggish? The latest official report of economic growth -- a weak annual rate of 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016 -- is not just another sour note in the seventh year of recovery, it's also the fifth stanza in a half-century deceleration.

Analysis and Commentary

No, Mr. Trump, NAFTA Was Not A ‘Bad Deal’

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Thursday, May 5, 2016

History will note that on the eve of his victory as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party, Donald Trump said something crazy. You might think it was his surprising and repeated assertion that his main rival’s father “was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to” assassinating JFK. 

Analysis and Commentary

Piketty’s Crumbs

by Timothy Kanevia Commentary
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inequality economists know the price of everything but understand the value of nothing.

Analysis and Commentary

Five Ways To Destroy The U.S. Economy

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, April 8, 2016

Is a slow-growth future inevitable for America? More than ever, that’s the conclusion of economists, and it's a recurring theme of some presidential candidates. The irony is that the U.S. economy has been leading the world for a century in terms of total GDP, income per capita, and entrepreneurial innovation.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Valuation Economics Are Messing Up The Internet, Inequality, And Productivity Debates

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How much is the Internet worth? How bad is income inequality in advanced economies? What is causing the productivity slowdown?


How A Trump Presidency Would Hurt American Incomes

by Timothy Kanevia The Federalist
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Under President Trump, things you buy will get a lot more expensive, your paycheck will shrink, health care will decline, and jobs will be even harder to find.

Analysis and Commentary

It’s Time To End The Federal Minimum Wage

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sweden has no minimum wage. Nor does Denmark. Nor Finland. Nor Italy. Nor Austria. Does its absence affect the unemployment rate? Yes, the average unemployment rate is about four percentage points lower in countries with no minimum-wage laws than in neighboring countries, according to data collected by professor Stephen Hanke of Johns Hopkins University.  

Analysis and Commentary

The Paradox Of Value

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Thursday, February 11, 2016

After two centuries of development, economics still lacks a good understanding of how to value things. To be honest, I never realized the gaping hole in the field until recently, despite earning a Ph.D. in economics and teaching Econ 101 to hundreds of students over the years. Adam Smith mentions the “paradox of value” in the Wealth of Nations, but the idea was not original to him.