Are early retirement incentive programs ageist? I know they can be useful for companies to save money in times of financial trouble, and can increase turn over, which can be helpful for new people entering the job market, but it does seem like it might be ageist on two counts:

1. Older people may be pressured to retire before they really want to; it sends a not-so-positive message about older employee contributions when they are essentially being paid to quit working; for people who do not take an ERI option, the resulting work environment may be less friendly towards people their own age simply in virtue of there being less of them.

2. It may be a way of taking advantage of younger people- getting them to do the same work that people who retire did, but for far less pay.

It seems to me, that both pay and employment ought to be contigent on performance, rather than age.