The more problems there are, the more opportunities for economic growth. Loneliness, crime and prostitution are all good for the economy. A glimpse into the utterly sick nature of supply and demand. Shouldn't we move on to a different standard?
The pastor and the housekeeper
A well-known joke circulating among economists is that of a pastor and his housekeeper. The good man pays the housekeeper a reasonable salary from his net income. Then the inevitable happens: love strikes and the two steps tie the knot, as befits the Christian faith. The housekeeper leaves her apartment, gets under the sheets with her ex-boss and becomes a housewife. Remarkably enough, according to economic theory, this early love happiness makes the Netherlands poorer. After all, where there used to be two incomes, there is now only one. That while there has been a net improvement for both spouses. In short: love is a disaster according to the BNP.
Divorces and singles: a boon to the economy
The more divorces a country has, the more singles. Singles need extra living quarters. They need to get into debt more. They must receive all kinds of services (such as ready-made meals) that people who live together can arrange among themselves. They each have to buy a copy of all kinds of household appliances. Singles often also eat outside of the duration. In short: the family may be a cornerstone of society, but it is very bad for the economy. The fewer complete families and the more divorces, the higher the GDP. The only benefit is that children are produced. These entail a lot of consumption.
Crime: benefiting the gross national product
Crime is also bound to lead to extra growth, at least in the books. For example, there is the direct damage. Stolen items have to be replaced again, so extra turnover. When healers sell the goods, they bring it within reach of people who otherwise cannot afford it at all. Insurance premiums are also getting higher, more insurance is being taken out and extra security systems are being sold. If there are victims, especially old people who have paid off their mortgage and live frugally, then the cash register really starts to ring. Rehabilitation and medical treatment are very expensive. If there are fatalities, they must be buried and their possessions divided and sold. Another GDP increase.
Prostitution: Better Than Sex
Although commerce does its utmost to earn money from sex, it is in principle free. Two people use little other than their body for sex. Economically an absolute disaster, although there is a lot to be earned from dating sites and erotic aids. Especially if something goes wrong, of course. Think of Viagra and all kinds of means to seduce a partner into sex or a relationship. Prostitution is of course much better for GDP. In addition to the amount that the customer spends on the prostitute, this money is also quickly spent by prostitutes on all kinds of luxury goods. After a life as a sex worker, prostitutes are often a wreck emotionally. They flee into drug use, which keeps them from getting very old. That is also good news for the calculators.