Timothy Kane

J.P. Conte Research Fellow in Immigration Studies
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Tim Kane is the J.P. Conte Research 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.

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Area 45: Tim Kane: Does COVID-19 Trump Immigration?

interview with Timothy Kanevia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A sensible approach to immigration policy that would balance America’s economic, security and humanitarian concerns. 


Immigration Is The Ultimate Security

by Timothy Kanevia The Center for Growth and Opportunity
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

This essay is part of a symposium on immigration and economic recovery after COVID-19. We asked leading economists and immigration scholars from a diverse set of perspectives, “With the COVID-19 crisis fueling increased calls to create an insular world with fewer immigrants and less trade between countries, we risk both our short-term recovery and long-term economic growth. What should civil society and policymakers do now, or as the medical emergency subsides, to ensure that economies stay open and connected?”

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Timothy Kane On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Timothy Kanevia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses his Fox Business article "Our economy's got a population problem."

Analysis and Commentary

Our Economy's Got A Population Problem

by Timothy Kanevia Fox Business
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Low birth rate could cost us our financial future, superpower status.


Tim Kane On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Timothy Kanevia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses his Medium article "The Forgotten Strategy of George Washington Could Accelerate COVID-19 Resiliency. And Survival."

Analysis and Commentary

The Forgotten Strategy Of George Washington Could Accelerate COVID-19 Resiliency. And Survival.

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Thursday, April 16, 2020
The dilemma facing Brett Crozier, Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who e-mailed an open letter about a COVID-19 outbreak aboard his ship, and the dilemma facing the U.S. Navy Secretary who fired him, will haunt Pentagon leaders long after the virus has faded. With the Roosevelt out of commission in Guam and one of her sailors dead, the virus will not fade for weeks, or months to come. The strategic stakes are as high as they get.
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Unemployment Insurance 'Fix' Will Make The COVID-19 Recession Worse

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Saturday, April 11, 2020

More than 16 million Americans have lost their jobs so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on new claims for unemployment insurance, known as UI. Known to be one of the best indicators of recession, jobless claims are reported every Thursday morning and are vastly higher than they have ever been. This isn’t because of COVID-19; it’s because of Congress.

Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Government Just Nuked Employment

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Caregivers stopped coming to work on Tuesday, April 7, at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside. “Only one of 13 certified nursing assistants showed up to work,” according to FOX News. As a result, the 84 residents are being evacuated to different facilities. This was partly driven by the Covid-19 outbreak at Magnolia, where one third of the residents have tested positive as well as five staffers. 


Tim Kane: Will The Cure Be Worse Than The Disease?

interview with Timothy Kanevia KTSA San Antonio Radio
Friday, March 27, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses whether or not the COVID-19 relief bill will effectively save American’s and the economy.

Analysis and Commentary

How Much Damage? The True Cost Of The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Bill

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Senators reached agreement on a COVID-19 relief bill late Wednesday night — and suddenly, unanimously, it passed.