Tim Kane: Author, Economist, Veteran


With half a dozen books bearing his name, Tim Kane has written for academic publishers (The Immigrant Superpower, Oxford University Press, 2022), mainstream publishers (Balance: The Economics of Great Power, Simon and Schuster, 2012), and think tanks (Total Volunteer Force, Hoover Press, 2017). He also pioneered the measurement of economic freedom as the lead author the Wall Street Journal / Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom in 2007. » AMAZON books. Kane also narrated the audiobook for The Immigrant Superpower.


Kane often turns to empirical data in his analysis of the issues, based largely on his Ph.D. training at the University of California, San Diego. His work has been featured in the New York Times (see this early op-ed from 2004), Wall Street Journal, and Commentary Magazine. Kane has also appeared often on television and radio programs including CNN, NPR, PBS, CNBC, and FOX News. He is most well known for research on

  • The importance of entrepreneurs for jobs, growth, and innovation

  • The positive impact of immigrants on U.S. national security

  • Empirical data and positive impact of U.S. troop deployments


Kane graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy as a member of the most celebrated graduating class of 1990. He served multiple tours overseas as an intelligence officer. Super secret stuff. Enough said.

President of The American Lyceum

In 2022, Kane founded The American Lyceum, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to restoring the institution of debate as a cornerstone of U.S. democracy.

Learn more at TheAmericanLyceum.org

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PhD economist & USAF veteran Tim Kane writes on the economy, the presidency, and why water is priced at half a penny per gallon during a mega-drought.


Tim Kane
Economist, Veteran, Entrepreneur, & Dad. Author of *The Immigrant Superpower* (forthcoming), Bleeding Talent, Balance, and Total Volunteer Force.