un·​der·​in·​vest·​ment | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈves(t)-mənt How to pronounce underinvestment (audio) \

Definition of underinvestment

: an insufficient amount of investment

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Keynes contended that underinvestment could be remedied with the stimulus of government spending, and experience has largely borne out his argument. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Plot (Part 2)," 15 Aug. 2019 But his opponents said the outage laid bare years of underinvestment in the nation's grid by corrupt officials who mismanaged an oil bonanza in the nation sitting atop the world's largest crude reserves. NBC News, "Much of Venezuela in the dark again after massive blackout," 23 July 2019 Chronic underinvestment has put the country in the lower ranks of emerging markets in terms of infrastructure, health care and education. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "In Brazil, Big Plans and No Money," 3 Oct. 2018 Those numbers will change to reflect exemptions granted to Iran, Venezuela and Libya, these people said, since sanctions, unrest and underinvestment have already disrupted production in those countries. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudis to Cut More Oil Than Planned as OPEC Drums Up Pact," 20 Dec. 2018 Elliott however believes Nielsen is also losing market share to smaller data provider IRI, due in part to underinvestment in data automation and analytics, according to a person familiar with the matter. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Nielsen Should Get a Break From the Market," 15 Aug. 2018 Decades of underinvestment across the country have left train and bus systems overburdened. Carlos Waters, Vox, "Don’t blame the scooters. Blame the streets.," 18 Sep. 2018 But analysts warned last week that underinvestment in new exploration could drive prices higher than the 2008 record of $150 a barrel. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "The U.S. Could Soon Reclaim the World's Oil Crown," 12 July 2018 Cash is extremely scarce, card payment networks are overloaded, cell phone coverage is worse than in Syria, and online banking systems constantly crash because of underinvestment. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "The Tragedy of Venezuela," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of underinvestment

1940, in the meaning defined above

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