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

October 6, 2016

Autonomous Colleges in Kerala: An Evaluative Study

Kerala has ushered a new paradigm in higher education sector by granting autonomy to a few colleges in the recent times. Though it has been in the practice only for the last two years, CPPR finds it is important to […]
October 3, 2016

High chance khadi will become extinct, if KVIC’s patriarchal view continues

Authors Lekshmi R Nair (Centre Manager, CPPR- Centre for Comparative Studies) and D Dhanuraj (Chairman, CPPR) respond to the KVIC’s objections to the article they wrote in  GOVERNANCEnow- Khadi: Time to revive the nation’s cloth (1) The figures of khadi production […]
September 14, 2016

Why prohibition makes no sense; The Hindu Business Line, 12th September 2016

The reason why prohibition as a political tool evokes curiosity is that it has historically proven to be unsuccessful. Whether it is the case of the 18th amendment of the US constitution or the silently thriving industry in the so-called […]
September 9, 2016

Who Takes a Call on Price Stability, the Government or the RBI?

The conjecture surrounding who will succeed Raghuram Rajan ends. Inflation hawk, Urjit Patel took over as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 5 September 2016. Urjit Patel is a well-known face, being the Deputy Governor […]
September 8, 2016

“The time has come to open up khadi sector”: Dr Lekshmi R Nair

Dr Lekshmi R Nair, Centre Manager, CPPR Centre for Comparative Studies, talks about opening up of Khadi sector to overcome the inefficiencies associated with sector based on recent study conducted by CPPR “Evaluation of Govt interventions in Khadi sector”
August 31, 2016

Fall of Remittance Economy ?

The South Indian state of Kerala is often slated for its low level of industrialisation and deteriorating agriculture sector, subduing employment generation in the state. The unemployment rate of Kerala stands at 7.4%, which is more than three times the […]
August 22, 2016

Re-examining the roots of the stray dog menace

Discussion on Stray Dog menace is back in Kerala. Albeit, it has become a threat to the safety of the children and elderly. Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant at CPPR on his blogpost discusses the negative externalities that would have […]
August 16, 2016

‘Price stability is important for economic growth,’ Dr D Subbarao

‘Price stability is important for economic growth,’ said Dr. D. Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He was speaking at the 12th CPPR Quarterly Lecture held in Hotel Grand, Ernakulam, on 9 th August. The lecture […]
August 12, 2016

“Demystify the RBI” Dr D Subbarao speaking at CPPR’s 12th Quarterly Lecture

“I tried to demystify the RBI, to do away with the central bank’s image as a killer of growth”; said Dr. D Subbarao at the Centre for Public Policy Research’s 12 Quarterly Lecture on “Who Moved my Interest Rate?”. The […]