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

January 9, 2018

Public Policy Research moots night shopping; Deccan Chronicle, January 5, 2018

BY Smitha N | Deccan Chronicle | Jan 5, 2018 Kochi: The Kochi-based think-tank, Centre for Public Policy Research,  will submit a proposal to the state government seeking  steps to amend the  laws to promote night shopping, especially in cities like Kochi. […]
January 4, 2018

How Successive Governments Destroyed the Agriculture Sector in Kerala?

Dr Lekshmi R Nair (Research Consultant, CPPR) explains in an article published in ‘Azhimukham’ how excessive government intervention in the marketing mechanisms in agriculture has disincentivised farmers, ultimately leading to the collapse of agriculture in Kerala. Click here to read […]
January 3, 2018

Small and Medium Enterprises – a Yardstick for Ease of Doing Business

India had much reason to celebrate when the World Bank Group released the Doing Business (DB) 2018 report in October 2017. The report commends India for implementing reforms in a number of areas. In fact, India is the only heavyweight […]
January 2, 2018

Clinical Trials: A Thin Line between Human Wellbeing and Economic Expediency

Sara John (Project Associate, CPPR) feels strongly about the case of conducting clinical trials in India. Her blog piece titled, ‘Clinical Trials: A Thin Line between Human Wellbeing and Economic Expediency’ intends to walk us through that thin line, seeking […]
January 2, 2018

Blockathon for Change  

Societies are repositories of knowledge. More often than not, the solutions for most of the challenges we face as a community or society continue to exist scattered across such repositories. What if a platform can bridge this knowledge gap, and […]
December 20, 2017

If Women are Ready to Work during Night, why Stop them from doing so?

  In an article published in Azhimukham, Kerala’s unique analysis portal, Sara John (Project Associate, CPPR) questions the rationality of laws that prevent women from working nightshifts in shops and establishments against their wishes. Click here to read the article: […]
December 14, 2017

Ideal Money – Ideal or a Far Cry from the Idea?

As bubbles and bursts become a recurrent feature of the existing monetary system, the demand for an alternative gain traction. John F Nash proposes the concept of ‘ideal money’ to ensure stability in the currency market. Read the blog piece, […]
December 13, 2017

Rights of the Invisible Workers

  The rights of the domestic workers are often given the brush-off, as they remain excluded from the labour legislations of the country. ‘Rights of the Invisible Workers’, a blog piece by Ginu Sunny (Research Intern, CPPR) looks into the […]
November 28, 2017

India’s leap in Ease of Doing Business rankings obscures the full picture

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) ranking for 2018 offers some respite to India. It comes at a time when its economy is mired in the after-effects of demonetisation and hasty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax […]