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Timothy Joseph Kane

(1968-04-28) April 28, 1968 (age 55)
Academic career
Alma mater University of California, San Diego PhD Economics, 2001
United States Air Force Academy B.S. Economics and Political Science, 1990
Influences Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Jim Mattis, Glenn Hubbard

Timothy Joseph Kane (born April 28, 1968) is an American economist and president and founder of The American Lyceum, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote solution-focused, civic debate. Kane was the J-P Conte research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he specialized in immigration reform. [1] [2] He is a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer with two overseas tours of duty. After leaving the service, Kane explored a career in start-up technology firms while pursuing a Ph.D. in economics. After working as a teaching professor of economics, Kane served on the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at The Heritage Foundation. Kane was also an editor of the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom , co-published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, and is the author of the book Bleeding Talent: How the U.S. Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution. [3] [4] Kane co-authored the book, Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America with Glenn Hubbard. [5] Kane's latest book is The Immigrant Superpower: How Brains, Brawn, and Bravery Make America Stronger.


Kane ran as a Republican candidate in Ohio's 12th congressional district special election in 2018. [6]

Personal life

Kane was born in Lansing, Michigan, and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. Kane attended public schools from K-12 in Columbus, and received his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy from Congressman Chalmers P. Wylie. He came to identify as a Republican while starting out in technology, after becoming concerned with how high taxation inhibited job creation and his ability to hire staff. [7] He held the position of co-chair of the Conte Task Force on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and was the J-P Conte Fellow in Immigration at the Hoover Institution until 2021. [8] [9]


Between 1986 and 1990, Kane attended the United States Air Force Academy and earned Bachelor of Science in economics and political science. Between 1995 and 2001, Kane attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a PhD in economics. His dissertation was titled “The Convergence of Nations: Three Papers on International Growth”. [10]

Cadet Lt Col Timothy Kane leads Guts squadron during basic cadet training USAFA squadron commander.jpg
Cadet Lt Col Timothy Kane leads Guts squadron during basic cadet training


Formerly intelligence officer in the US Air Force, between 1990 and 1995; he was stationed in Japan, South Korea, and Andrews Air Force Base. In this role he also worked with the CIA, the Pentagon, and the National Security Agency.

Until 2021, Kane served as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Prior to his appointment at Hoover, he was a chief economist at the Hudson Institute. He was also a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation where he led the development of its first blog, www.growthology.org. [11] [12] Between 2004 and 2007, Kane was a director and research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. [13] [14] Kane specializes in economics, national security, and defense economics. His work on entrepreneurship and job creation has been cited in the 2011 Economic Report of the President. In 2008, he created a quarterly survey of economists and has provided commentary for The New York Times , USA Today , CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, Bloomberg Television, and PBS’ Nightly Business Report . [15] [16]

Kane also worked in governmental roles. Between 2004 and 2008, he served as both the chief labor economist and the senior economist on the Joint Economic Committee for U.S. Congress. In these roles, he published research on monthly US employment figures, analyzed macroeconomics and taxation, and organized joint hearings on employment and fundamental tax reform.

Before his academic career, Kane had experience as an entrepreneur. Between 1998 and 2000, he was the founder and director of enonymous.com, a software company that was awarded the San Diego Software Startup of the Year award in 1999. [17] Prior to this, he was a founder and director of Neocor Tech, LLC (Japanese translation software).

He is currently the host and co-producer of Why America? a podcast discussing the benefits of US immigration with famous and influential immigrants. [18] [19]

Research and publications

Congressional testimony

Presentations and public speeches



Selected media appearances

This is not a comprehensive list.


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