Will the current state of the economy - and here I'm at least partially talking about the 2 trillion dollars of retirement benefits that have been lost - affect academic retirement rates? For a decade we've been hearing that the baby boomers were about to retire. I remember hearing that this would accelerate a great deal around 2000-2002 in the universities, and that many physics professors would need replacing. Of course it turned out that these people largely just didn't retire, hanging around for years and years. This was especially aggravating for new graduates because, since the US has been overproducing physicists for forty years, we've been left with a lot more postdocs than there are academic positions for them to move into. The question is, will the loss of retirement funding further affect this? Of course, many have pensions from universities, so the stock market is immaterial. Others weren't going to retire until forced out anyways. On the other hand, reduced state funding will force some out, but without leaving a slot open for replacement. Any informed input would be appreciated.