Out here in France I don't work. Well, sometimes I do testing for my software -writing husband and I even get a rather generous stipend for doing it, but it isn't like going to work. But I got to thinking last night about age discrimination in the workplace. Like you do!
Someone in their forties or fifties going for a job is far more likely to stay at that job rather than use it as a stepping stone to further their career. But offer the job to someone in their twenties or thirties and it's likely that, after a few years, they'll be off climbing the corporate ladder. So why do employers usually offer the job to younger people ? It's not even that they would be cheaper; a market rate is a market rate regardless of age. Better to go with the older person if you ask me.