Centre for Comparative Studies

May 19, 2020

Liquor price spiral impact runs deep in Kerala, poorest consumers hit hard

CPPR Senior Fellow Dr Jose Sebastian comments in a news article published in The Hindu Business Line on the impact increasing the sales tax of liquor in Kerala. Shock varies across communities By raising sales tax on liquor up to […]
April 6, 2020

COVID 19: A Time to Rethink Kerala’s Liquor Policy

Liquor dependence is not just a problem of the consumers in Kerala, but a problem of the State government too. Each time, during a crisis, and many times even without a crisis, any policy on liquor has often led to […]
June 16, 2017

How Liberal is Kerala’s Latest Liquor Policy?

As the new liquor policy becomes operational, it is important to ask if it proposes any novel initiative that could transform the liquor sector of Kerala. A crucial transformation that liquor businesses in Kerala require is not mere access to […]
December 19, 2014

A Study on Liberalizing Liquor Trade in India

Authors: Dr. D Dhanuraj and Mr. Rahul V Kumar * India is one of the world’s most restrictive places for trade and doing business. In 2014, it is ranked 110 out of 152 countries, in terms of economic freedom, by […]
April 10, 2014

Masking a Major Issue – The State and its Dilemma on Liquor Policy in Kerala

Context The state government in Kerala delayed in announcing its liquor policy for the year 2014-15. What followed this delay was a closure of bar hotels across the state. On the eve of elections, there were two groups in the […]

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