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

There's A Better Way To Do Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Immigration is the definitive wedge issue in American politics, but it doesn't have to be. When the Senate's Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act failed to pass the House this year, it was the third such failure of comprehensive reform in a decade.

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The Question of Work Visas

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The “year of immigration reform” has not unfolded like anyone expected as recently as the publication of our inaugural issue of Peregrine. Policy makers in Washington didn’t pass any news laws to impact policy, but events on the ground took on a life of their own.

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Immigration and Economic Growth from the Supply Side

by Timothy Kanevia Fellow Talks
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tim Kane, a research fellow, discusses immigration and economic policy in the United States.

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Analysis and Commentary

Border Crisis Is Unfair, But No Surprise

by Timothy Kanevia CNN.com
Friday, July 18, 2014

Watching the flood of immigrant children from Central America seeking, and gaining, entry into the United States, one is struck by the chaos at all levels. It is a crisis, but hardly a surprise.

Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

American Immigration in the 21st Century

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, June 23, 2014

Peregrine is an online journal with a unique mission.  Each issue will address one topic out of the many elements related to immigration in the US. This inaugural issue, in fact, asks the most basic question of all: What is the right amount of legal immigration?

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Analysis and Commentary

The Truth About Republicans, Congress and Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia FoxNews.com
Friday, June 20, 2014

“Immigration reform is dead,” wrote Ezra Klein the day after college professor Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va). In this narrative, Cantor was an instrumental deal-maker unseated by the Tea Party rabble rousers. His loss scuttled prospects for reform. 

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Special: Rauh, Haber, and Kane on the John Batchelor Show

by Stephen Haber, Joshua D. Rauh, Timothy Kanevia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 9, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a discussion on the far reach of the federal government, featuring Hoover senior fellows Stephen Haber and Joshua Rauh and Hoover research fellow Tim Kane.

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Analysis and Commentary

Coming Together: Flight 370 Search Unites Global Community

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tim Kane says the international effort to search for Flight 370 is a rare bright spot in an otherwise devastating tragedy.

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A Subtle Danger

by Timothy Kanevia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 24, 2014

The new Federal Reserve chair just had a stellar inaugural news conference, and kudos to her.

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Analysis and Commentary

Why 2014 Will Be The Year of Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia FoxNews.com
Friday, January 3, 2014

A curious case of generational timing can be observed in the fact that major changes to U.S. immigration policy occur once every two and half decades.