07/10/2014 11:52 pm ET

E.U. Nations Counting Sex And Drug Trades Toward G.D.P.

The point of counting everything, including the wages of sin, is to get a more accurate reading of each country’s gross domestic product. Because G.D.P. is such an important number — one that can sway national policies and make or break politicians — the European Union wants numbers “better reflecting the economic environment,” Vincent Bourgeais, a Eurostat spokesman, said.

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