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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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.

Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

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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Why Capitalism Is Worth Defending To The Pope

by Timothy Kanevia Fortune
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Earlier this year, a U.S. economist met with Pope Francis’ closest economic adviser, who wanted to hear his defense on capitalism. Here’s his advice.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Immigration Plan? Big Government With An Extra Dose Of Impractical

by Timothy Kanevia USA Today
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hard-line proposals, not quiet compromise will be the theme of the next phase of the immigration debate.

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Analysis and Commentary

What’s Happening To The World Economy?

by Timothy Kanevia Balance
Monday, August 24, 2015

A recession is coming. With the sudden 1000+ point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, following another major devaluation of China’s currency (8 percent?  My God, 8 percent?), and the incessant weaknesses in the U.S. labor force during this weakest of all recoveries, the signs of a new recession are all here. But remember, a recession is always coming.

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