Research &
Analysis

A core part of our work at the Peterson Foundation is providing 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 analyses on fiscal and economic trends, including reports produced by our research staff as well as outside experts. We are an un-biased source of information, presenting key facts and adding insights via substantive resources including charts, analyses, explainers, blog posts, infographics and more.

We also partner with and provide grants to respected organizations to support fiscal and economic research and advance new ideas from experts across the political spectrum.


Our 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.

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Primers & Infographics

Fiscal policy can be complex and daunting for casual observers to understand. Our primers, explainers and infographics break down complicated issues to elevate ideas and reach new audiences. Creative and informative pieces on defense spending, healthcare costs tax reform, and myriad other issues seek to improve understanding and awareness of policies that affect every American.

Recommended Primers & Infographics

Budget Basics: Who Pays Taxes?

Healthcare Spending in the U.S.

Understanding the Coronavirus Crisis

Key fiscal and economic indicators as the nation responds and recovers.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.