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

June 21, 2016

Khadi Sector – Longing for Reforms

By Dr Lekhsmi Nair & Dr D Dhanuraj* A recent report in the Times of India shows that the Khadi fabric and garments sales witnessed a 29 percent growth and crossed Rs 1,500 crore mark for the first time. Though […]
June 21, 2016

Latin Catholic community of Kerala: Role in 2016 Assembly Elections

Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman, CPPR and Sambhavi Ganesh, Intern, CPPR; writes about the role of the Latin Catholic community in the recently concluded Kerala Assembly Elections 2016. Read more about this in our blog Latin Catholic community of Kerala: Role in 2016 […]
June 10, 2016

“Fund Students not Schools” Dr D Dhanuraj speaks on Uneconomic Schools of Kerala

Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research comments on the present situation of the Uneconomic Schools in Kerala. CPPR had published “A study on Uneconomic schools of Kerala” in 2006, which brought out the condition of government and […]
June 10, 2016

LSGs lag in revenue generation: study; The Hindu, 10th June, 2016

  ‘More freedom needed for local bodies to implement development projects’ KOCHI, June 10, 2016 | K.A. MARTIN Local self-government institutions in the State do not generate enough money on their own to implement plans and projects as agents of change […]
June 10, 2016

Breaking Business Barriers: White Papers and Reports

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) a think tank based in Kochi had taken up an initiative ‘Breaking Business Barriers’ aiming to curtail the regulatory barriers in setting up, operating and exiting a business in the state of Karnataka, Kerala and […]
June 7, 2016

Local Finance in Kerala: A Study of Five Grama Panchayats in Ernakulam District

The study attempts to review the existing structure of different sources of finance for Grama Panchayats (GPs) in Kerala and analyze the effectiveness of such fund mobilization. It also looks into the problems associated with revenue mobilization and suggests how […]
June 4, 2016

Common Man’s Clothing – Effects of Taxes and Tariffs

The discriminatory tax policies and the higher tariffs imposed on Man-Made Fibres (MMF) in India compared to cotton, have resulted in the availability of MMF to the manufacturers at non competitive prices, compared to the competing countries. This has also […]
May 30, 2016

E book – The Law (Translated to Malayalam)

  French political libertarian and economist CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT (1801-1850) was one of the most eloquent champions of the concept that property rights and individual freedoms flowed from natural law. Here, in this 1850 classic, a powerful refutation of Karl […]
May 28, 2016

E Book- Foundations of Free Society (Translated to Malayalam)

    FOREWORD Economic and political crises have often led to attacks on freedom. During the Great Depression all the major economies restricted trade by raising tariffs. This knee-jerk reaction only aggravated geo-political tensions and further increased economic hardship. The […]