The GDP will drop ever so slightly because the amount of money being exchanged for goods or services within the nation drops. Though the same amount of work is being performed, and everything else about the situation remains essentially the same, the monetary portion of the exchange has been removed. Doing this changes the GDP.
The Gross Domestic Product measures the amount of income and money that is exchanged within a nation. While the butler was employed, he was earning a set living—paid directly by the woman. However, when the two are married, while he retains his duties essentially, and also still has just as much income (if not more, since he now has more free access to his wife's estate), the money being exchanged for his work is removed from the economy—his salary is gone, and therefore the overall earnings of the citizens in the nation drops slightly.
This problem is a twist on a classic hypothetical scenario in economics in which a man marries his maid. It is designed to...
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