No, not for me. But Harvard has announced its plans to encourage faculty to retire. I won't call it an "early retirement" package, since it is for people over 65. Though I suppose that is early for academia.
Note that (according to the article) Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences will have 127 offers to its 720 (junior and senior) faculty. So I conclude (as of next year) 1/6 of Harvard's faculty would be over 65. And the article states that the average age of tenured Harvard professors is 56. Can people from elsewhere tell me if this is unusual? Harvard has a reputation for having an older faculty; this seems to confirm it. Does his suggest a lack of planning somewhere along the line? Or is this a good thing?
I don't expect drastic changes arising from this plan; it will be interesting to see how many faculty take the offer. In general, however, is it a good idea for a university to "encourage" retirement for older faculty? And if so, what means should they use to do it?
Viewed as an optimization problem, one can ask what is the "best" distribution of faculty ages at a university, and what mechanisms could (and should) be used to maintain that distribution?