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 7, 2016

A Stagnant Agriculture in Kerala: The Role of the State

Given the significant decline in agricultural production in Kerala in the last few decades, this paper elucidates how government policies and protective practices have created distortions in the agricultural market, hampering the growth of agriculture in the state. The distortions […]
November 3, 2016

Making Sense of Ease of Doing Business Rankings

The latest of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Rankings has given a rude shock to the Government of India. It has belied the Centre’s year long efforts to improve things on the ground especially since it has been […]
October 31, 2016

Interaction with Students on: “Effective Public Policies for Effective Governance”

Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman of Centre for Public Policy Research had an interactive session with Post Graduate students of Economics Department of St Albert’s College, Ernakulam, on “Effective Public Policy for Effective Governance”. The session was on 28 October, 2016 […]
October 28, 2016

Apathy by Rationing Ration Cards

By Dr D Dhanuraj & Deepthi Mary Mathew* As expected, there is long queue of person outside taluk supply offices for commissions and omissions in the new batch of ration cards getting ready for distribution in Kerala.Taking into account the […]
October 7, 2016

Study suggests grading of autonomous colleges; The Hindu, 7 October, 2016

Special Correspondent |The Hindu | 7 October 2016 A study done on autonomous colleges by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) here has recommended grading of such institutions to improve their overall performance. The functioning of four autonomous colleges […]
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 […]