I. The Historical Evolution of Dividends: The Evolution of the Stock Market and the Modern Corporation in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom; The Evolution of the Stock Market and the Modern Corporation in the USA; 200 Years of Dividend Practices; Dividend Reinvestment Plans;
Preferred Stock and Dividends; II. The Evolution of Academic Research on Dividend Policy: Early Academic Thinking and Research; Models of Symmetric Information and Empirical Research; Models of Asymmetric Information and Empirical Research; Determinants of Dividend Policies; III. What Academic Research Proves and What It Does Not Prove;
IV. New Ways of Thinking About Dividends and Dividend Policy: Unconventional Explanations;
Regulated Industries; What If We Do Not Pay Dividends?
Other Methods of Distribution; Future Research and Thinking