1. “…the slowdown in TFP during and after the great recession is due to the decline in the speed of adoption of new technologies in response to the credit disruptions that shocked the US economy since the end of 2007 and that have affected the cost and availability of funds for companies until the end of 2013.” Short paper here (pdf).
2. This piece takes too long to get going, it is nonetheless an interesting take on how tourism is transforming Iceland.
5. Myths about Sunnis and Shias. Good piece, useful corrective.