The CPPR Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) aims to conduct in-depth comparative analysis in the fields of Demographics, Education, Health, Poverty, Urbanisation, Governance, Politics, Budgeting, Social and Economic Indicators.

The centre aims to identify current gaps in policies using comparative analysis. Comparative studies involve the analysis and synthesis of the similarities, differences and patterns across two or more cases that share a common focus. It helps in exposing the success or failure of a policy initiative. CCS also seeks to advocate state of the art practice and recommend innovative policy changes to help improve the country’s development process.

This is done using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for primary and secondary data analysis, by drafting data-centric and relevant policy briefs between states within India and between India and other countries (regional, national and international). CCS aims to conduct independent research whilst also partnering with potential stakeholders at both public and private levels to ensure sustainability and the ability to influence policy at various levels.


P R Devi Prasad IES

P R Devi Prasad is an Indian Economics Service (IES) officer of the 1982 batch and former Advisor to the Government of India. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of three organisations during his tenure with the Centre. He has also functioned as Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Civil Service Officers Training Centre at Mussourie (LBSNAA), Uttarakhand.

Dr Martin Patrick

Dr Martin Patrick secured his PhD in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He has worked as faculty of Economics in various government colleges. He received post-doctoral training at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He has won the award of Excellence in Education instituted by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi in 2006. He has completed various projects for ICSSR, CDS, Planning Board (Kerala for UNDP), KILA and GIFT (for World Bank). He has served as the member of graduate and postgraduate board of studies of Calicut University, CUSAT, Kalady University and Kerala University. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at Indian Maritime Institute, Ernakulam and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Ernakulam.

See the Posts

February 15, 2021

Teaching and Learning Economics in Kerala

Dr D Dhanuraj and Rahul V Kumar Introduction Most often, what we teach in Economics classes do not get reflected in the policy realm. How and why this disjuncture occurred is worth understanding. Economic theories taught without practical implications often […]
January 27, 2021

Despite new football turfs and stadiums, Kerala yearns for playgrounds

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The News Minute. He comments “We need space for the younger generation as well as for the elderly. A place where children can play and elders can do their […]
January 27, 2021

കോവിഡ് വ്യാപന നിയന്ത്രണം: ചൈനയിലെ ഹ്യൂബെയിലും കേരളത്തിലും

News report on the Research Paper by CPPR Comparative Study of the Covid-19 Outbreak in the Hubei Province of China and the Indian State of Kerala published in Manorama Online. കുറച്ചുകാലത്തേക്കാണെങ്കിൽ പോലും കോവിഡ് വ്യാപനം വിജയകരമായി തടയുന്നതിൽ ചൈനയും കേരളവും മികവു പുലർത്തിയെന്നു […]
January 22, 2021

The Confused Finance Minister and His Miraculous Budget: Why Should It Bother You and Me?

By D Dhanuraj with Ananthitha Anandan You cannot expect anything short of a ‘magical populist budget’ from a two-term ‘Finance Minister’, especially when presenting his last budget supposedly. Therefore, it was not entirely surprising when Dr Thomas Issac presented Kerala […]
January 16, 2021

KIIFB, a plus for infrastructure

The development of infrastructure has been a ‘mantra’ in both central and state budgets for a number of years. Kerala is an immediate member in the group giving thrust to infrastructure development due to limited land area, high density of […]
January 16, 2021

Kerala Budget 2021-22: Promises and Perils

Nissy Solomon & Praseeda Mukundan Kerala Budget 2021-22, presented by Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac, comes in the backdrop of an ailing economy. All the hopes were pinned on the Budget to set the economy on the right course, especially […]
January 15, 2021

Expectations soar in Kochi ahead of Kerala government’s budget presentation

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express on expectations for Kochi from Kerala Governments budget. He says “As Kochi is contributing 50 per cent of the state’s overall revenue, the budget […]
January 14, 2021

Panel Discussion on “Responding to COVID-19: Reflections and Lessons from Kerala, India and China”

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) oragnised a panel discussion on January 14, 2021 (Thursday) on “Responding to Covid-19: Reflections & Lessons from Kerala, India and China” as part of the release of CPPR’s research paper titled “Comparative Study on […]
January 14, 2021

Experts pin hope on budget to put Ernakulam back on development track

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj and Chief Economist Dr Martin Patrick comments in a news article published in The Times of India on what should Ernakulam district expect from state budget for 2021-22 to be presented by finance minister T […]