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

July 31, 2017

Discussion Forum at the Chamber of Commerce, Thrissur

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) conducted its third discussion forum on the Shops and Establishments Act at the Chamber of Commerce in Thrissur. The event succeeded in ensuring the active participation of the members and office holders of the […]
July 26, 2017

Watch Live Streaming of CPPR 14th Quarterly Lecture “Economic Growth in India: Trends and Cycle” by Dr Ila Patnaik

    Dr Ila Patnaik will deliver the CPPR 14th Quarterly Lecture on “Economic Growth in India: Trends and Cycle”. Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 Time: 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm  Venue: Grand Hotel, MG Road, Kochi, Kerala   Watch this space for […]
July 15, 2017

E book – The Economics of Freedom (Malayalam Translation)

  Swaathanthryathinte Saambathikashaastram ‘Swaathanthryathinte Saambathikashaastram’, an e-book published by CPPR is the first Malayalam translation of ‘The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professor won’t Tell You’. This seminal work by Frederic Bastiat, a 19th-century French political economist, employs logic and […]
June 29, 2017

The Bar Code

A Greek legend says that Baachus introduced the grape and civilisation at the same time to the peoples of Asia. Titian’s famous painting, ‘Baachanal’, which has been hailed as a landmark in the history of art, was inspired by that […]
June 28, 2017

Tapping the Untapped Potential: More Opportunities for Women

The Model Shops and Establishment Act is a bold step taken by the Central Government purported to bring about a boost in employment generation. The Act falls under the category of concurrent list of the Constitution of India, wherein the […]
June 26, 2017

Cold Storages as Shops –A Game Changer?

The Model Shops and Establishments(S & E) Act enacted by the Centre is touted to be a game changer in the retail sector. By allowing shops to be open 24/7 with flexibility in working hours, the move is presumed to […]
June 25, 2017

Simultaneous elections are a long way off; June 24, 2017, Sunday Guardian Live

By AREEBA FALAK | NEW DELHI | 24 June, 2017 With Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently supporting the idea of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies, discussions about the feasibility of the idea are expected to pick up […]
June 21, 2017

Assessment of Commercial Dispute Resolution in South India

The Indian dispute resolution arena is witnessing significant developments with the Central Government’s steadfast commitment to discouraging litigation and encouraging companies to take up alternate dispute resolution systems. In this context, CPPR with the support of the British Deputy High […]
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 […]