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

March 5, 2017

Union Budget 2017–18: How Kerala Fared?

Kerala’s polity was highly critical of demonetisation, perhaps, more than that of any other state in the country. The fiscal situation in Kerala, already challenged by fiscal distress, worsened following the ban on Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes announced on November […]
March 2, 2017

Watch the live streaming of the talk on ‘Reforms for Better Public Services Delivery‘

Centre for Public Policy Research organises a talk on ‘Reforms for Better Public Services Delivery‘ by Bhuvana Anand (Payments and Governance Research Unit, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)) The talk will focus on public services delivery and the reforms […]
February 28, 2017

Doubling Farmers’ Income – Are the Claims True?

Agriculture provides the principal means of livelihood to around 58 per cent of rural households and contributes to 18 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in India. However, agricultural production has been stagnant in the country for the […]
February 22, 2017

Punjab Assembly Election 2017-An analysis based on the previous elections

Punjab Election 2017 presents an unprecedented challenge to pollsters. On the one hand, there are issues like anti-incumbency factor and corruption charges against the Badal Government (SAD) and the fight for survival of the Congress Party. On the other hand, […]
February 7, 2017

Watch the live streaming of the Analysis of Union Budget 2017-18

Team CPPR analyses how Union Budget 2017-18 would affect the country’s infrastructure, political economy, agriculture, public finance and defence. Come join us on February 7, 2017; 5:00 pm at CPPR office in Kochi, to be part of the discussion.   […]
January 31, 2017

Fiscal Stimulus or Fiscal Discipline?

The Union Budget 2017–18 is unique in many ways. It will be the first budget after the unprecedented demonetisation and will be presented on the first working day of February. The assembly elections scheduled in five states also give a […]
January 30, 2017

Demonetisation, Budget and Expectations

The Central Government will present the budget for 2017–18 on February 1, 2017. The decision to present the budget a month in advance is praiseworthy; normally the budget is presented on the last day of February. Another salient feature of […]
January 28, 2017

Taxing Capital Gains in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalling the introduction of capital gains tax on equities has caused a tremble in the stock market. He puts forward the argument that profits from the capital market should make a fair contribution to nation building […]
January 11, 2017

Governments Are Banning A Product That Could Save Millions Of Lives

Governments around the world are hotly debating whether e-cigarettes and vaping products are valuable tools to help people to quit smoking, or a harmful menace that may lead to more tobacco use and cause other health problems. Even the United […]