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.

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Inaccurate counts paint a distorted picture of the makeup of our communities and result in a misallocation of resources vital to families. Rebecca Tippett, Vox, "The citizenship question is blocked for now. But demographers are still worried about the census.," 27 June 2019 Escalating debt will bring predictable consequences, which include crushing interest payments that crowd out other spending and misallocation of capital, which saps productivity. Steve H. Hanke And Stephen J.k. Walters, WSJ, "Lying Prices Keep America Hooked on Spending," 7 Jan. 2019 The misallocation of resources during the booms requires a prolonged and miserable process of reallocation during and after a recession. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Why Central Bankers Missed the Crisis," 16 Nov. 2018 And there’s a lot of misallocation that goes on in this process. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Not only is voter disenfranchisement unacceptable in any form, this possible error — along with the misallocation of hundreds of Fredericksburg voters in the razor-thin HD-28 contest — may have affected the balance of power of the Virginia House. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. election officials assigned 26 voters to the wrong district. It might’ve cost Democrats a pivotal race.," 13 May 2018 Critics point to a misallocation of capital: Money spent on buybacks is money that isn’t invested in projects that fuel longer-term success. Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "Why Stock Market Buybacks Should Make Investors Nervous," 20 Apr. 2018 To end the misallocation of resources caused by small-business cronyism, public policy should be guided by the principle of size neutrality. Robert D. Atkinson, WSJ, "Stop Propping Up Small Business," 6 Apr. 2018 This has produced a world trade imbalance through the misallocation of capital and savings. WSJ, "Would Milton Be as Hardline on Trade Now?," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of misallocation

1916, in the meaning defined above

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