Fail to allocate (something) efficiently or fairly: monopoly is said to misallocate resources through the restriction of output
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- Thus, free supply not only subsidizes the users at the expense of nonusing taxpayers; it also misallocates resources by failing to supply the service where it is most needed.
- Judging by the increasing police harassment of adult sex workers, it seems they are misallocating resources.
- The borrowers who misallocated their investments share responsibility for the problems with the lenders, many of them international commercial banks which provided them with the money in the first place.
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- This should not be taken to imply that administrative allocations are inevitably worse - a market has costs, and if those costs exceed the value, then markets result in misallocation.
- He calls suburbia and the motorcar the ‘greatest misallocation of resources in history’.
- So the question is an empirical one - and reports such as this one suggest that, at least given current technology, investing in a nationwide ballistics imaging database would be a serious misallocation of resources.
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