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 where he specializes in economic growth, immigration, and national security.

After working for over a decade as a policy scholar, Kane ran in a special election for an open seat in the U.S. Congress in Ohio as a “pro-trade, pro-immigration” conservative in early 2018. Kane served twice as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress. He co-founded two software firms in the late 1990s. And he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force with two tours of duty overseas.

Kane’s latest book is Total Volunteer Force: Lessons from the US Military on Leadership Culture and Talent Management, which was published in July of 2017 by the Hoover Press. In 2013, he co-authored with Glenn Hubbard the book Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America. Balance has since been released as a trade paperback and translated into five languages. In 2012, Kane authored Bleeding Talent, about leadership in the US military.

Dozens of media outlets have cited Dr. Kane’s 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, NPR, and Bloomberg TV.

Kane earned a PhD in economics from UC San Diego. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He and his wife, Hiromi, have four children.

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Bleeding Talent

by Timothy Kanevia Palgrave Macmillan
Monday, July 1, 2019

Shaping the debate on how to save the military from itself. The first part recognizes what the military has done well in attracting and developing leadership talent. The book then examines the causes and consequences of the modern military's stifling personnel system and offers solutions for attracting and retaining top talent.

Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science
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The House That Milton Friedman Built

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Monday, July 1, 2019

This year, 2019, is the 100th anniversary of the #HooverInstitution, so I thought I’d share a story about how I came to discover the place in my youth ….

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The United States As A Promethean Power

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 17, 2019

National Security of Liberty, by Liberty, and for Liberty.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Trump’s Immigration Plan Matters (More Than The MSM Realizes)

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Friday, May 17, 2019
In a Rose Garden speech yesterday afternoon (a beautiful mid-May Thursday that is 18 months before the next presidential election), President Trump offered some lengthy remarks about the long-awaited White House proposal to modernize the legal immigration system. This morning, leading newspapers and networks are mistakenly dismissing the plan and missing two watershed changes that Trump’s Plan embodies.
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Policy Insights: Immigration Reform

featuring Edward Paul Lazear, Timothy Kane, David R. Henderson, Tom Church, John H. Cochrane, Lanhee J. Chen, Clint Bolick, Richard A. Epsteinvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Immigration is a contentious topic. To complicate it further, immigration should often be broken down into several distinct topics. It can mean legal or illegal immigration, it can mean permanent or temporary visas, and it can mean preventing future flows or managing existing stocks.

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Area 45: The Myths Of Immigration With Tim Kane

interview with Timothy Kanevia Area 45
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Prospects for a solution to immigration reform in a divided Washington.

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Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise

by Timothy Kane mentioning Douglas Riversvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

[Subscription Required] Why can’t lawmakers in Washington compromise on immigration? Conventional wisdom blames President Trump’s political base, with its uncompromising hostility toward immigrants. That turns out to be nonsense.

Analysis and Commentary

Does A Border Wall Enhance Home Values?

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What is the value of building a barrier between countries? While President Trump is fond of the refrain, “A country without borders is not a country at all,” the reality is more complex. 

Analysis and Commentary

No Substance To The Shutdown Fight

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Monday, January 14, 2019

My son asked me who should be blamed for the government shutdown: President Trump or the Democrats? There are many ways to answer that question, and each way offers an insight.

Analysis and Commentary

Facts About “The Wall” & The US Government Shutdown

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Sunday, January 13, 2019

There’s one bizarre fact that surprises both advocates and opponents of President Donald Trump’s commitment to building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Advocates demand the wall be built, and note that Trump was elected president with this mandate. Opponents insist that a wall must never be built. Just to be clear, we argued against a “Great Wall of Texas” in an Atlantic essay over five years ago.

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