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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Is Fed's Yellen Creating New Bubble By Not Raising Rates?

by Timothy Kanevia Investor's Business Daily
Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Federal Reserve refuses to raise interest rates despite clear signals that the labor market may be overheating. Thursday's jobless claims report was so low that it lit up Twitter.

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Letter From The Editor

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The number-one policy most Americans think of in response to illegal immigration is securing the border. It has become a reflexive rallying cry that border security has to come first, before any other policy, to deal with the estimated twelve million immigrants who live in the country.

Commentary: Military's management practices can't compete

by Timothy Kane
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

As debate intensifies in Congress about reforming the Pentagon's retirement and personnel policies, a new survey I conducted in partnership with Military Times yielded high scores for leadership culture in the U.S. military services compared to private sector firms, but far lower scores in talent management. The survey measures 40 elements of leadership...

Don’t Retreat on the Draft

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

The Pentagon may need reforms, but return to conscription? That would be double marching in the wrong direction.

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Analysis and Commentary

Abraham Lincoln's War On Inequality

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Abraham Lincoln would be embarrassed about the polarization of U.S. politics today, 150 years after his assassination. Make no mistake, Lincoln was a polarizing president.

Analysis and Commentary

Economic Quagmire And Opportunity

by Timothy Kane, R. Glenn Hubbardvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, April 10, 2015

Abraham Lincoln would be embarrassed about the polarization of U.S. politics today. He is remembered as the president who emancipated America’s slaves and won America’s bitter Civil War, then martyred on April 15, 1865, one hundred and fifty years ago.

Analysis and Commentary

Promethean America

by Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Can you kill your way to victory? Yes, if you are engaged in a hot war against a conventional enemy. Yes, too, if you face homicidal extremists. Killing them may be the only option. Indeed, death is the essential dimension of warfare.

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Analysis and Commentary

Military Retirement: Too Sweet A Deal?

by Timothy Kanevia War on the Rocks
Monday, March 2, 2015

Retiring from the U.S. military is a sweet deal for the 17 percent of veterans who are allowed to serve for twenty years on active duty. Too sweet.

The Entrepreneurial Decision: A Two-System Survey of D.C. Food-Truck Owners

by Timothy Kane
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

With continued weakness in the U.S. economy in recent years, the status of entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as vital to recovery. However, the decline in rates of entrepreneurship over the past four decades raises important research questions. What motivates an individual worker to choose entrepreneurship over employment?

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