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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Why Valuation Economics Are Messing Up The Internet, Inequality, And Productivity Debates

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How much is the Internet worth? How bad is income inequality in advanced economies? What is causing the productivity slowdown?

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How A Trump Presidency Would Hurt American Incomes

by Timothy Kanevia The Federalist
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Under President Trump, things you buy will get a lot more expensive, your paycheck will shrink, health care will decline, and jobs will be even harder to find.

Analysis and Commentary

It’s Time To End The Federal Minimum Wage

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sweden has no minimum wage. Nor does Denmark. Nor Finland. Nor Italy. Nor Austria. Does its absence affect the unemployment rate? Yes, the average unemployment rate is about four percentage points lower in countries with no minimum-wage laws than in neighboring countries, according to data collected by professor Stephen Hanke of Johns Hopkins University.  

Analysis and Commentary

The Paradox Of Value

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Thursday, February 11, 2016

After two centuries of development, economics still lacks a good understanding of how to value things. To be honest, I never realized the gaping hole in the field until recently, despite earning a Ph.D. in economics and teaching Econ 101 to hundreds of students over the years. Adam Smith mentions the “paradox of value” in the Wealth of Nations, but the idea was not original to him.

Analysis and Commentary

Ash Carter’s Speech: A Beginning, Not A Defeat, Of The Personnel Revolution.

by Timothy Kanevia Foreign Policy
Monday, November 23, 2015

[Subscription required] The reforms unveiled in the “Force of the Future” speech given by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on November 18th fell short of what many reformers hoped. 

Analysis and Commentary

Common Sense On Syrian Refugees

by Timothy Kanevia National Review
Friday, November 20, 2015

Understand that the debate about Syrian refugees in the United States is a political sideshow.

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Letter from the Editor: The Ideal Level of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

What is the goal of immigration policy? The state of public debate and media coverage would lead you to believe that the United States has a broken immigration system and that the remedy should focus on securing the southern border to achieve zero illegal immigration.

Analysis and Commentary

There’s A Reason America’s Vets Can’t Find Work But Not What Ben Bernanke Thinks

by Timothy Kanevia Foreign Policy
Monday, October 5, 2015

Almost half a century after the U.S. military adopted an All Volunteer Force of highly skilled, highly trained, high-IQ warriors, the myth of the stupid soldier lives on. Numerous studies have debunked it.

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