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

February 7, 2018

‘Democratic Capitalism Only Hope of Lifting Everybody out of Poverty’ Dr Arthur C Brooks

In a talk peppered with personal anecdotes and humour, Dr Arthur C Brooks, president of the American Enterprises Institute (AEI), an influential Washington-based public policy think-tank, elaborated the role of democratic capitalism in lifting 2 billion people out of poverty. […]
February 5, 2018

Modicare: Old Wine in New Bottle?

The eye-grabbing announcement related to the healthcare sector in the Union Budget 2018-19 is a welcome move. But are they capable of addressing the existing shortcomings? Chithira Rajeevan (Research Assistant, CPPR) writes on the topic in her blog piece, ‘Modicare: […]
February 3, 2018

A budget with a vision and direction; The Times of India, February 2, 2018

By Dr Martin Patrick| The Times of India | February 2, 2018 The budget has a vision and direction and is a perfect blend of welfare and development. It has tried to identify the crucial problems of Kerala and attempted to intervene. […]
February 2, 2018

Kerala politicians miffed with Budget, say it is unrealistic and favouring corporates; The NEWS Minute, February 2, 2018

Saritha S Balan | The NEWS Minute | Friday, February 02, 2018 The first union budget after the GST rollout has disappointed experts and politicians in the state. While they admit the budget is a calculated one, the general feeling […]
February 1, 2018

Kerala Budget: Time to Change the Tune or Face the Music

The Finance Minister of Kerala, Thomas Issac, will be presenting the budget for the financial year 2018–19 on February 2, 2017, a day after the presentation of the Union Budget. The timing of the budget is crucial, as the state’s […]
January 23, 2018

Modi govt’s neglect of agriculture and education sectors contributing to rising inequality: expert; National Herald, January 22, 2018

By DHAIRYA MAHESHWARI | National  Herald | January 22nd 2018 “PM Modi’s pet experiment of demonetisation has worsened the already bad economic inequality in India, as 85 per cent of our workforce is in the informal sector,” Dr D Dhanuraj […]
January 19, 2018

Kerala Tourism – The Role of the Government and Economic Impacts

Executive Summary Kerala tourism has won several national and international recognitions, mainly due to the region’s picturesque beauty and state’s responsible tourism projects. Based on the tourism policy documents of the central and state governments, the Kerala tourism model is […]
January 19, 2018

Employers or the Government: whose responsibility is creches?

Nimish Sany (Research Assistant, CPPR) writes in Azhimukham, a popular Malayalam news space, about the policy issues surrounding creches and the responsibility of the State in facilitating childcare and employment. This article was published in Azhimukham on January 17, 2018; […]
January 9, 2018

Crime and Punishment: Registering Luxury Cars in Puducherry

    By Rahul V Kumar* Puducherry has been in the news as a haven for tax evasion in India. Lower road taxes compared to other states in the country have made this union territory an ideal destination among car […]