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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States: Causes And Consequences

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

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies before the  Joint Economic Committee about “The Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences.”

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The Immigration Crackdown, Or Crack-Up?

by Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, March 17, 2017

Federal judges who are blocking President's Trump new executive order restricting migration are making a mistake, using flawed reasoning, and setting back the larger cause of immigration reform. On Wednesday night, Derrick K. Watson, the U.S. District Judge in Hawaii, penned a 43-page jeremiad in the form of a legal ruling that freezes what he and others are calling a ban on Muslims. 

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