mis·al·lo·ca·tion | \ˌmis-ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən \
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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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 The litigation of questions that relate entirely to the unofficial conduct of the individual who happens to be the President poses no perceptible risk of misallocation of either judicial power or executive power. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Stormy Daniels' Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Raises the Question: When Can You Sue the President?," 7 Mar. 2018 Is that some kind of weird misallocation of public affection and regard for the icons involved? Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Black Panther': 'Creed' director brings big ideas to the Marvel Universe," 14 Feb. 2018 In this view, the problem isn’t the American public’s veneration of the armed services above all other institutions, or the gross misallocation of resources and preemptive wars that this abets — or even the concept of a military parade, per se. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Military Parade Would Not Be ‘Un-American’," 8 Feb. 2018 Europe’s caution raises concerns that lingering central-bank stimulus policies could fuel encourage excessive risk-taking by investors or the misallocation of capital to weak firms. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "As Fed Tightens, Europe Hangs Loose," 14 Dec. 2017

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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