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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Recent Commentary


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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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 Kane mentioning 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 Kane mentioning 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.