misallocation

noun
mis·​al·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmis-ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce misallocation (audio) \
plural misallocations

Definition of misallocation

: the act or an instance of misallocating something (such as money or resources) : poor or improper allocation misallocation of tax dollars And there are many who would say that any interference with a free market system … inevitably results in misallocations of resources just because planners cannot be omniscient.— R. Weiss et al.

Examples of misallocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not all companies do or will disclose without a mandatory framework, raising the cost, or resulting in the misallocation, of capital. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 There's just a lot of misallocation of economic resources. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2021 This perverse misallocation of resources does lead to some morbidly funny outcomes. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 2 Mar. 2021 Olmsted, the California professor and conspiracy expert, agreed that the spread of misinformation can lead to a dangerous misallocation of resources. Jamie Landers, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020 There could be no better example of capital misallocation, involving trillions of dollars thrown into mere speculation. Robert Hockett, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2020 Traveling vigilantly, only to arrive at someone’s home and act as though there is no pandemic is a serious misallocation of anxiety. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2020 Olmsted, the California professor and conspiracy expert, agreed that the spread of misinformation can lead to a dangerous misallocation of resources. Jamie Landers, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020 Olmsted, the California professor and conspiracy expert, agreed that the spread of misinformation can lead to a dangerous misallocation of resources. Jamie Landers, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of misallocation

1916, in the meaning defined above

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24 Apr 2021

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“Misallocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misallocation. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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