Matthew O'Brien

Matthew O'Brien is a former senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia right before paychecks and benefits come out.

Over 50 Percent of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

Meet the new geography of poverty.

Northern Ireland Is Building a Fake Town With Government Money

Officials are putting up sham businesses to try to prove austerity works.

How Car Insurance Could Actually Convince Us to Drive Less

Letting companies monitor how and how much you drive will save you money, and generate huge spillover benefits.

Maybe Americans Aren't Moving Because They Don't Need To

A new paper suggests we're staying put because there's less regional variation between jobs.

One Surprising Factor Slowing the Economic Recovery

We need more mortgage lenders. 75 percent of the biggest home lenders in 2006 no longer exist.

Can China Reinvigorate the American Housing Market?

Maybe. But we should be doing that ourselves.