Research &

A core part of our work at the Peterson Foundation is to provide accurate and timely information to help policymakers, journalists, and the public develop a full understanding of the factors influencing our nation’s fiscal and economic health.

We provide a robust selection of research and analysis on fiscal and economic trends, including reports produced by our research staff as well as outside experts. We also publish a series of charts, which visually describe the financial condition and fiscal outlook of the U.S. government, explore the broader economic, political, and demographic contexts.

Peter G. Peterson Foundation Charts:

PGPF charts illustrate many aspects of our fiscal challenges, showing that budget-making involves many competing priorities and complex trends. In this selected set of charts, we aim to frame the overall fiscal outlook of the U.S. government from a variety of key perspectives.

Research Spotlight:

Discover the potential consequences of not raising the debt limit.

Risking the Recovery: Debt Limit Uncertainty Returns
Discover the potential consequences of not raising the debt limit.

Comparing the Congressional and Presidential Budgets
Congress and the Administration should use the budget process to work together to propose comprehensive bipartisan fiscal reforms.

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Federal Budget Process
Learn how the president and Congress set priorities for the federal government, including programs covered by discretionary spending.

Learn what types of taxes make up the U.S. government’s revenue.

Discover why the U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising.

Chart Archive

An archive of chart data prepared by the Foundation that help to visualize many of today's pressing fiscal issues.


This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.


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