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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Lincoln Memorial
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.

US flag on military helmet
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?

Immigration
New IdeasAnalysis and Commentary

The Economic Effect Of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Critics of the president’s executive actions on immigration reform go too far when they claim that immigrants are harmful to the US economy. Simplistic appeals to economic logic, gilded with nativist assumptions, hint that the arrival of millions of immigrant workers cannot help but compete for a finite number of American-based jobs.

Survey Results

Letter from the Editor

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Two weeks after the midterm election of 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy in a fifteen-minute televised speech from the White House. The centerpiece was announcing “deferred action” for up to five million undocumented immigrant adults, including work permits and drivers’ licenses for those who register.

Analysis and Commentary

For the Coming Recession, Hope For the Best, Prepare For the Worst

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Great Recession started seven years ago (December 2007). It seems hard to believe, but could America already be overdue for another? The recently released employment data for December 2014 marks seven years since the prior peak, or 84 months. This is worth noting because the average duration of U.S. business cycles since 1854 is 56.4 months, or just under five years. That's two recession per decade.

Analysis and Commentary

Free Soldiers Make a Free Nation

by Timothy Kane featuring Martin Andersonvia Commentary
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The godfather of the All-Volunteer military, Martin Anderson, died a few days ago at the age of 78. Anderson was a colleague of mine at the Hoover Institution, but he was working to end the draft before most of us were born.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

Immigration Action: Bad Law, Good Policy?

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014, accompanied by multiple official memos from the Department of Homeland Security and other executive branch agencies responsible for enforcement.

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