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

November 24, 2016

Is Communist Kerala apathetic to Ease of Doing Business?

“Economic progress cannot be achieved without industrial progress.” The saying of the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru was quoted by the Finance Minister (FM) of Kerala, Dr Thomas Issac, during this year’s budget speech. He may need to rework […]
November 21, 2016

Applications Invited for Paid Internship: To Study Labour Laws and Labour Reforms

Topic: To Study Labour Laws and Labour Reforms Duration: 2 months (Starting from 28 November 2016) Qualification: Law Students preferably 4th or 5th year Location: Kochi, Kerala Job Description: Assist in data collection and analysis Read and interpret data from various […]
November 18, 2016

Demonetisation: A Positive Step towards a Less Cash Society

The Prime Minister announcing the withdrawal of the legal tender status of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes was conceived as a surgical strike on black money. At the same time, the demonetisation of currency is intended to push the […]
November 17, 2016

Call for Internship to study the upcoming U.P. and Punjab Elections

Are you interested to be a part of upcoming U.P and Punjab Elections? Do you want to feel the pulse of the people? Will this be a game changer in Indian Politics ? Has the parties delivered on their manifesto […]
November 14, 2016

Between The Hand And The Sickle: The Collapse Of Agriculture In Kerala

The state of Kerala has witnessed a significant decline in agricultural production in the last few decades. In this context, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) has conducted a study: A stagnant agriculture in Kerala: The role of the state […]
November 11, 2016

Interaction with Students on: “The Changing Dynamics of Keralas Consumer Economy”

Dr. Lekshmi R Nair, Centre Manager, CPPR-Centre for Comparative Studies interacting with the students of St Paul’s College, Ernakulam, on “The Changing Dynamics of Keralas Consumer Economy”. The session was on 3rd November, 2016; at St Paul’s College Ernakulam.
November 11, 2016

Interaction with Students on: “Inflation Targeting: A New Era in India’s Monetary Policy”

  Deepthi Mary Mathew, Research Associate, CPPR-Centre for Comparative Studies interacting with the students of St. Alberts’s College, Ernakulam, on “Inflation Targeting: A New Era in India’s Monetary Policy”. The session was on 4th November, 2016; at St Albert’s College […]
November 10, 2016

Black Money, Corruption and Demonetisation

The demonetisation of currency[1] after a long period of 38 years was a welcome and bold step taken by the Government of India on November 8, 2016. The last demonetisation was implemented in 1978[2] by withdrawing Rs 1000, Rs 5000, […]
November 10, 2016

Understanding the Phasing Out of Higher Denomination Fiat Currency in India

The decision to phase out higher denomination currency notes in India is hailed by many as a bold move by the current Central Government. However, this moment should be considered as an opportunity to re-examine the inherent problems plaguing the […]