Subsidyscope aims to raise public awareness about the role of federal subsidies in the economy. The project aggregates information on federal spending and subsidies from multiple government sources, serving as a gateway for press, policymakers, advocates and the public. The comprehensive and objective data presented by Subsidyscope will contribute to an informed debate about how to best allocate scarce government resources.

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  • U.S. Energy Subsidies: Effects on Energy Markets and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    Aug 14, 2012 - In order to examine the effects of U.S. government subsidies on energy markets, Subsidyscope commissioned Maura Allaire and Stephen Brown (formerly with Resources for the Future) to use a model to investigate the impact of both spending programs and tax provisions on energy markets and CO2 emissions from 2005 through 2009

  • Nine Subsidyscope Charts for Nine Economic Sectors

    Jul 24, 2012 - This report makes information on federal spending and subsidies more accessible to policy makers and the public, using charts to illustrate the various forms of government spending across economic sectors and spending types.  It also shows the the magnitude of that spending, as well as total government exposure through loans and loan guarantees, using fiscal year 2010 data.

  • The Universal Service Fund: A Regulatory Subsidy Case Study

    Mar 28, 2012 - This study provides a case study of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF is a regulatory cross-subsidy system applying to long distance telephone and cell phone service that is determined by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

  • Six Economic Sectors Launched

    Mar 20, 2012 - With the release of data on the last six economic sectors, Subsidyscope completes its unique compilation of government data on federal subsidies, including a searchable database that enables users to query grant or contract information.

  • Pew's Complete Tax Expenditure Database

    Jul 13, 2011 - Subsidyscope launches the full version of Pew’s Tax Expenditure Database, housing the complete set of estimates from the Department of Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

  • The Costs and Benefits of Housing Tax Subsidies

    Jun 30, 2011 - Research has attributed many economic and social costs and benefits to housing.  This study assesses one very targeted component of this complex issue--the fiscal costs and benefits of the housing subsidies that currently exist in the U.S. income tax system and the impact of several alternatives.  This analysis was commissioned by the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative and Subsidyscope—projects designed to inform the policy debate with non-partisan facts and analysis.  Pew has no position on this issue.  

  • Housing Sector Launched

    Mar 30, 2011 - Subsidyscope finds that the federal role in the American housing market is larger than any sector studied thus far, including the transportation, nonprofit and energy sectors. In FY2009, the government spent $244 billion on housing-related grants and tax expenditures. This is an average of about $2,085 dollars per household.

  • Pew's Tax Expenditure Database

    Jan 05, 2011 - Subsidyscope launches a first-of-its-kind database of federal tax expenditure estimates from the Department of Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The database allows users to easily view specific tax expenditures from either Treasury or JCT and make side-by-side comparisons. Users can sort and aggregate tax expenditures across budget function or economic sector, or drill down to find information about individual tax expenditures. This release includes three economic sectors: Energy, Housing and Transportation. The remaining sectors will be launched in Spring 2011.

  • Pew’s Subsidyscope Launches New Databases on Federal Subsidies for Highways and the Maritime Industry

    Oct 19, 2010 - Rounding out its transportation sector analysis, Subsidyscope has launched two new databases on federal subsidies for highways and the maritime industry.  

  • Energy Sector Launched

    Sep 09, 2010 - Subsidyscope’s analysis of government spending data finds that the federal role in the energy sector is significant, although smaller than its role relative to some other sectors, such as transportation. Total federal spending on tax expenditures and grant programs likely to contain a subsidy in the energy sector was about $25 billion in fiscal year 2009.  

  • Subsidyscope Overview

    Jan 23, 2009 - Subsidyscope is a new initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts that aims to make government subsidies more transparent to the public and policymakers through the development of a comprehensive online database of all federal subsidies.  By aggregating information across sectors of the economy, Subsidyscope hopes to inform the debate over the creation of new subsidies and the efficacy of existing ones in a non-partisan manner. 

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