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Pew’s Subsidyscope Project, with assistance from its research and technology partner The Sunlight Foundation, completed its four-year effort to provide data and analysis to make federal government spending and subsidies more transparent in 2012.

Please visit the Fiscal Federalism Initiative project page and Federal Impact issue section of this website to learn more about Pew’s current work on federal fiscal issues.

The Work of the Subsidyscope Project

Subsidyscope presented  data and analysis on federal spending and subsidies across nine broad economic sectors, including agriculture; education; energy; health; housing; national defense; natural resources and environment; science, space, and technology; and transportation. Subsidyscope made this information more accessible to policy makers and the public by aggregating information from multiple government data sources, creating searchable data sets, and providing sector-specific analyses.

Our Work

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  • Downloadable Tax Expenditure Datasets

    Pew's Subsidyscope project presented the first-of-its-kind database of federal income tax expenditure estimates from the Department of the Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) The database allowed users to easily view specific estimates from Treasury and JCT and make side-by-side comparisons. Read More

  • Tax Expenditure Database

    Pew's Tax Expenditure Database helped policy makers, journalists, researchers and the public better understand the role that tax expenditures play in the nation's budget and economy. Note: Pew's Tax Expenditure Database is no longer active. Downloadable files containing the underlying datasets can be found here. Read More

  • Energy Subsidies Paper

    Over the period from 2005 through 2009, the U.S. government spent $96.3 billion on about 60 different subsidies that were directed at increasing energy production, subsidizing energy consumption, or increasing energy efficiency. Read More

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