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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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.

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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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Lehman Got Burned Holding The Hot Potato The Government Baked

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Monday, September 17, 2018

Ten years ago this month, Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest investment bank in America filed for bankruptcy. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history: Lehman had over $639 billion in listed assets when it filed, sparking a global financial panic that has still not been fully absorbed.

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Immigration Policy Gets Ugly In 2018

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fiasco. Disaster. Meltdown. Take your pick. Any one of those descriptions accurately sum up the Republican Party’s handling of immigration policy in 2018—especially the warring caucuses in the House of the Representatives.

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It's Not 'Both Sides': Democrats Far More Partisan In SCOTUS Votes

by Timothy Kanevia Washington Examiner
Thursday, July 5, 2018

With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement from the Supreme Court, we can expect a great deal of bitterness from Democrats who are powerless to stop the nominee from President Trump and the slim Republican majority in the Senate. Such bitterness is not without precedent, and the data show this isn’t really a "both sides" issue. The bitterness tends to come from the Democratic side of the aisle.

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