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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Population Power

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018
Ever since America began, immigration has meant strength.

Officer Personnel Management and the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980

by Timothy Kanevia United States Senate Committee On Armed Services
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Analysis and Commentary

'Unlucky Parents' And The Child Tax Credit

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

This Christmas holiday, Republicans are celebrating a major victory in tax reform, but a week before it was signed into law by President Trump, the legislation hit a roadblock dear to every parent’s heart. Sen. Marco Rubio threatened to vote no unless the legislation included a major increase in the child tax credit, amounting to $300 per child for many poorer families. 

Analysis and Commentary

Redefining 'Winners And Losers' On Taxes

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Who wins and who loses when Congress passes, and President Trump signs, the most consequential tax reform in decades? This question in itself has spun out of control.

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Upheaval May Sow Seeds Of Economic Growth, Liberalization

by Timothy Kanevia Hill
Friday, November 17, 2017

The news out of Lebanon is confusing: Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resigned during a trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

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Total Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kanementioning Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Long advocated by Hoover fellow Milton Friedman, the volunteer military represented a dramatic innovation—forty years ago. Now we need smarter ways to assign, train, and pay military personnel. 


Trump, Democrats, Republicans, America – Everyone Can Win On Immigration If We Stop Playing Politics

by Timothy Kanementioning David Bradyvia Fox News
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Over dinner in early September, President Trump made a tentative deal-not-a-deal with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children (the Dreamers) could stay, but legislation would not be tied to a border wall. Trump seemed to realize, unlike his predecessors, that the art of the deal involves a step-by-step process. Before you can land a big deal, you need a working relationship built on a few smaller deals. The firing of Steve Bannon signaled that substance was taking priority over empty fights.

Analysis and Commentary

National Security Consequences Of Cutting Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Fox News
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Americans are having the wrong security conversation when it comes to the impact of immigration. We should be thinking about national security, not border security. The border can be secured without changing the level of legal immigration, but the nation’s strength has been (and will hopefully always be) built on millions of migrants coming to our shores.

Analysis and Commentary

How We Measure Poverty Is Key To Knowing Who Is Poor

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The irony of the release date of the U.S. government’s annual poverty report, which is always in mid-September, is that it coincides with the annual product launch of Apple.


On Foreign Policy, Trump Has What Obama Lacked: Strategic Patience

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In a remarkable speech from the White House, the world saw qualities in President Trump that were lacking in his predecessor: patience, nuance and an apolitical deference to his team. After what some felt was too long of a review, the president announced his administration’s strategy for winning in Afghanistan. It was worth the wait.