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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Recent Commentary


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.

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Commentary: To Stop Rape In The Ranks, Fix The Personnel System

by Timothy Kanevia Marine Corps Times
Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the past decade, the armed forces have made tremendous progress in addressing sexual assault. During his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel saw to it that all key staff in all the services were retrained, rescreened and recredentialed. The services have introduced new training programs, increased conviction rates, and created special victim counsel programs to great success. As a result, the incidence of sexual assault in the military has been cut in half since 2006.

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Sanctuary and Sanctimony

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Defying the law is defying the law—even if it’s immigration law. 

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The Pentagon’s Personnel Problem

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

Perverse incentives in compensation and retirement have distorted the shape of the force.


The Evolving Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kanevia George W. Bush Institute
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While the tactics of fighting wars have evolved, military structure and methods of evaluating personnel have lagged behind. What steps can the U.S. military take to ensure that it can move as quickly as the next generation of warfare?


Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States

by Timothy Kanevia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies in front of the Joint Economic Committee concerning the causes and consequences of the decline of economic opportunity in the United States.