Timothy Kane

J.P. Conte Research Fellow in Immigration Studies
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Tim Kane is the J.P. Conte Research 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.

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Analysis and Commentary

Redefining 'Winners And Losers' On Taxes

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Who wins and who loses when Congress passes, and President Trump signs, the most consequential tax reform in decades? This question in itself has spun out of control.

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Upheaval May Sow Seeds Of Economic Growth, Liberalization

by Timothy Kanevia Hill
Friday, November 17, 2017

The news out of Lebanon is confusing: Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resigned during a trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

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Total Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kane mentioning Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Long advocated by Hoover fellow Milton Friedman, the volunteer military represented a dramatic innovation—forty years ago. Now we need smarter ways to assign, train, and pay military personnel. 


Trump, Democrats, Republicans, America – Everyone Can Win On Immigration If We Stop Playing Politics

by Timothy Kane mentioning David Bradyvia Fox News
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Over dinner in early September, President Trump made a tentative deal-not-a-deal with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children (the Dreamers) could stay, but legislation would not be tied to a border wall. Trump seemed to realize, unlike his predecessors, that the art of the deal involves a step-by-step process. Before you can land a big deal, you need a working relationship built on a few smaller deals. The firing of Steve Bannon signaled that substance was taking priority over empty fights.

Analysis and Commentary

National Security Consequences Of Cutting Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Fox News
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Americans are having the wrong security conversation when it comes to the impact of immigration. We should be thinking about national security, not border security. The border can be secured without changing the level of legal immigration, but the nation’s strength has been (and will hopefully always be) built on millions of migrants coming to our shores.

Analysis and Commentary

How We Measure Poverty Is Key To Knowing Who Is Poor

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The irony of the release date of the U.S. government’s annual poverty report, which is always in mid-September, is that it coincides with the annual product launch of Apple.


On Foreign Policy, Trump Has What Obama Lacked: Strategic Patience

by Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In a remarkable speech from the White House, the world saw qualities in President Trump that were lacking in his predecessor: patience, nuance and an apolitical deference to his team. After what some felt was too long of a review, the president announced his administration’s strategy for winning in Afghanistan. It was worth the wait.

Analysis and Commentary

Commentary: To Stop Rape In The Ranks, Fix The Personnel System

by Timothy Kanevia Marine Corps Times
Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the past decade, the armed forces have made tremendous progress in addressing sexual assault. During his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel saw to it that all key staff in all the services were retrained, rescreened and recredentialed. The services have introduced new training programs, increased conviction rates, and created special victim counsel programs to great success. As a result, the incidence of sexual assault in the military has been cut in half since 2006.

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Sanctuary and Sanctimony

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Defying the law is defying the law—even if it’s immigration law.