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This paper tests Minsky's financial instability hypothesis (FIH) for a panel of Spanish manufacturing firms. We find that the probability of a firm being financially constrained externally in terms of undertaking innovation projects moves inversely with the business and credit cycle, which is consistent with Minsky's FIH. We provide evidence that the credit and business cycles strengthen each other. These results highlight the importance of implementing polices designed to contain the financial cycle.
business cycle; credit cycle; financial constraints; financial instability hypothesis; r&d