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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Analysis and Commentary

Border Mystery: Where Are The Immigrants?

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Friday, March 10, 2017

Is the federal crackdown on illegal immigration having a deterrent effect? Or are we suddenly experiencing a calm before the storm?


6 Presidents Trump Can Look To As Economic Role Models

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Donald Trump won the presidency in a campaign in which ‘economic policies’ played a supporting role, but ‘the economy’ played a starring one.

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What’s Wrong With Sanctuary Cities? What Might Be Done? How Might It Affect California?

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were widely mischaracterized during the 2016 election campaign. Time and again media critics described Trump as a racist who opposes immigration.

Analysis and Commentary

Immigration News

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane on immigration.

Analysis and Commentary

Immigration Is A Dying Issue

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Sunday, October 9, 2016

A joke about the politics of immigration is that things are going nowhere, faster than ever. Even though the immigration debate hasn't changed in years, someone should tell Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that the immigration reality has. Demographics have shifted in Mexico and in Central America because women are having fewer babies.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship: Growing Business, Not Bureaucracy

by Timothy Kane
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane gives a testimony before the US Congress Joint Economic Committee.


America's Slowing Economic Dynamo

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, July 8, 2016

Why is American economic growth sluggish? The latest official report of economic growth -- a weak annual rate of 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016 -- is not just another sour note in the seventh year of recovery, it's also the fifth stanza in a half-century deceleration.

Analysis and Commentary

No, Mr. Trump, NAFTA Was Not A ‘Bad Deal’

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Thursday, May 5, 2016

History will note that on the eve of his victory as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party, Donald Trump said something crazy. You might think it was his surprising and repeated assertion that his main rival’s father “was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to” assassinating JFK. 

Analysis and Commentary

Piketty’s Crumbs

by Timothy Kanevia Commentary
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inequality economists know the price of everything but understand the value of nothing.

Analysis and Commentary

Five Ways To Destroy The U.S. Economy

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, April 8, 2016

Is a slow-growth future inevitable for America? More than ever, that’s the conclusion of economists, and it's a recurring theme of some presidential candidates. The irony is that the U.S. economy has been leading the world for a century in terms of total GDP, income per capita, and entrepreneurial innovation.