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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Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Military And The Amazing Impact In Afghanistan

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Monday, November 11, 2019

I had the honor of speaking at the annual “Airman of the Year” dinner for a US Air Force wing a few days ago. My tasking was to offer some brief remarks that were motivational and maybe told a story of resiliency. What can a civilian say to the men and women who routinely risk their lives rescuing other military heroes? About resiliency?


Free Exchange: Tim Kane On The Decline Of Great Powers

interview with Timothy Kanevia CapX
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses why great powers decline and collapse.

In the News

Hoover Institution Fellow Tim Kane. A New Global Alliance: A Proposition For A 21st Century Political Order

featuring Timothy Kanevia Henry Jackson Society
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Vibrant international engagement has often been suggested to have gone out of the proverbial window in modern nation-state geopolitics. Indeed, the US in its position as global superpower can seem to be battening down the hatches.

In the News

Inequality: Why Do Progressives Ignore Progress? With Dr Tim Kane

featuring Timothy Kanevia IEA
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming event with Dr Tim Kane on Tuesday 15th October, from 6-8pm, who will be discussing, ‘Inequality: Why do progressives ignore progress?’ 

In the News

Yang’s Vision: Not Left Or Right, But Forward

quoting Timothy Kanevia The Battalion
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What would you do with $1,000 a month? Maybe you’d catch up on a few bills or pay for the medication you’ve been in desperate need of. Perhaps you could finally create that business you’ve been interested in starting up. Regardless if you choose to use it for diapers and milk or a few nights out on the town, Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang wants you to have it.


Tim Kane: Looking Beyond The Term 'Income Inequality'

interview with Timothy Kanevia Yahoo Finance
Friday, September 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses the news that the number of US households living in poverty is down.


Tim Kane: How Do Americans Think Their Neighbors Value Liberty In Dollars?

interview with Timothy Kanevia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses his Fox News article "How do you measure value? And other great questions for Labor Day."

Analysis and Commentary

The Tectonic Shift In Global Migration?

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The past century must take lessons from history with caution because things are different now. A millennium of lessons from the wars and diplomacies of nation-states may, or may not, be relevant in this era when the nation-state is evolving, when technologies have erupted to transform communication and transport, when human capital is orders of magnitude higher. The masses are literate now, for starters. In my mind, these are the tectonic forces, and they are a helpful light on policy debates.

Analysis and Commentary

Review: The Ungrateful Refugee By Dina Nayeri

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Nayeri’s first work of non-fiction is as stunning and original as its title. Born into a wealthy family in Iran, she sought freedom in the West and confesses intensely lyrical resentments about her status as a refugee, first in a converted countryside hotel in Italy and ultimately to a frustrating childhood in Oklahoma. The opening chapter will hit you like a hammer, forcing you to rethink your outlook on the global waves of migration that grow larger every year. You’ll rethink, no matter what your current view is.


The Values That Economics Cannot Measure

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Divorced, excommunicated, 25 years old with three children, my mom never felt sorry for herself. She told me time and again during my boyhood that we should appreciate everything we had. Take nothing for granted.