Centre for Comparative Studies

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. CSS 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.

Advisors

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

November 23, 2017

“Decentralisation Key to Development,” Dr Jayaprakash Narayan

CPPR 15th Quarterly Lecture Kochi, November 22, 2017 “India should go for direct electoral system at the state level and empower the state governments because actual governance happens in states. The states should be given the freedom to rule, chance […]
November 22, 2017

Watch Live Streaming of CPPR 15th Quarterly Lecture, ‘Governance and Politics – Need for a New Paradigm’ to be delivered by Dr Jayaprakash Narayan

CPPR 15th Quarterly Lecture, ‘Governance and Politics – Need for a New Paradigm’ to be delivered by Dr Jayaprakash Narayan (Social & Political Reformer and former IAS & MLA). Date & Time: November 22, 2017 | 5–7 pm Venue: Grand Hotel, Kochi. […]
November 18, 2017

Recap Bonds To Save Ailing Banks – A Recap Of The Failed Saga From The 1990s?

The banking sector in India is passing through a tricky phase, with non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks registering a staggering Rs 8 lakh crore. The growing NPAs have deteriorated the capital base of banks, affecting their lending capacity, even at […]
October 30, 2017

Defending Decentralisation in Kerala: Probing the Autonomy of Kerala’s Urban Local Bodies

Kerala is one of the few states in the country considered to have taken serious efforts in transferring powers to Local Self Government (LSG) institutions for strengthening the decentralisation process. The high rate of urbanisation in the state calls for […]
October 30, 2017

Kochi’s realty sector yet to recover from demonetisation effect; The Times of India, October 30, 2017

T C Sreemol | TNN | Oct 30, 2017 Kochi: Demonetisation has hit the real estate industry in Kochi badly and there is a 26 % drop in land and flat transactions during post-demonetisation period. Between November 1, 2015 and October 31, […]
October 25, 2017

Improving Business Climate: Why It Has Become Economic As Well As Political Necessity For Kerala

Two congruent yet distinctive studies on Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) reveal that despite its high ranks in social development indices, Kerala lags far behind other states in providing the right kind of ecosystem to do business. What does this […]
October 24, 2017

Participants of the ‘Floating Campus’ to Visit CPPR

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) will host 30 participants of ‘Semester at Sea’, a unique course designed for students from various streams and nationalities with sessions held inside a ship, in its office at 3.30 pm on October 25, […]
October 19, 2017

The Curious Case of Crèches: Whose Responsibility is it?

At the core of the argument for crèches,lie the notion of a child’s vulnerability and the shared responsibility of the parents and the State to ensure his/her protection. But how far have we managed to bring this argument to fruition? […]
October 12, 2017

Kerala Wants To Revive Its Failing Economy By Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. This Will Do More Harm Than Good

Kerala is known for its achievements in the fields of healthcare and education. With its health and education indicators on a par with the developed economies, the Kerala model of development has been acclaimed across quarters. The key aspect of […]