Christine Emba’s May 8 op-ed, “When it comes to Biden’s child-care provisions, the GOP has a point,” was right on. Those of us who thought critically about our economics courses understood what the fourth king of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, did when he declared in 1972, “Gross national happiness is more important than gross domestic product.” 

More important, I was taught by one wise professor that GDP is undercounted because uncompensated household services, usually performed by women, are not included. At worst, their wages are appropriated in the form of rents by their working partners.

Stephen B. Wickman, McLean