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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The Pentagon’s Personnel Problem

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

Perverse incentives in compensation and retirement have distorted the shape of the force.

Total Volunteer Force by Hoover fellow Tim Kane

Total Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tim Kane identifies and examines the underlying causes of personnel dysfunction in the US armed forces and suggests specific, decentralizing reforms to Pentagon policies. His proposals aim to move personnel strategies further along the spectrum of volunteerism, emphasize greater individual agency during all stages of a US military career, and restore command authority to colonels and captains that has been missing since the centralization of the 1960s.


The Evolving Volunteer Force

by Timothy Kanevia George W. Bush Institute
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While the tactics of fighting wars have evolved, military structure and methods of evaluating personnel have lagged behind. What steps can the U.S. military take to ensure that it can move as quickly as the next generation of warfare?


Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States

by Timothy Kanevia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies in front of the Joint Economic Committee concerning the causes and consequences of the decline of economic opportunity in the United States.


Tim Kane: The Decline Of Economic Opportunity In The United States: Causes And Consequences

featuring Timothy Kanevia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane testifies before the  Joint Economic Committee about “The Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Immigration Crackdown, Or Crack-Up?

by Timothy Kanevia The Weekly Standard
Friday, March 17, 2017

Federal judges who are blocking President's Trump new executive order restricting migration are making a mistake, using flawed reasoning, and setting back the larger cause of immigration reform. On Wednesday night, Derrick K. Watson, the U.S. District Judge in Hawaii, penned a 43-page jeremiad in the form of a legal ruling that freezes what he and others are calling a ban on Muslims. 

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Border Mystery: Where Are The Immigrants?

by Timothy Kanevia CNN
Friday, March 10, 2017

Is the federal crackdown on illegal immigration having a deterrent effect? Or are we suddenly experiencing a calm before the storm?


6 Presidents Trump Can Look To As Economic Role Models

by R. Glenn Hubbard, Timothy Kanevia The Hill
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Donald Trump won the presidency in a campaign in which ‘economic policies’ played a supporting role, but ‘the economy’ played a starring one.

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What’s Wrong With Sanctuary Cities? What Might Be Done? How Might It Affect California?

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s immigration policies were widely mischaracterized during the 2016 election campaign. Time and again media critics described Trump as a racist who opposes immigration.

Analysis and Commentary

Immigration News

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane on immigration.