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

May 7, 2016

Alcohol Prohibition- Future Dilemmas

Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant at Centre for Public Policy Research writes about the alcohol prohibition public policy being experimented across states in India. He answers two questions in this blog,  What could be the purpose for prohibiting alcohol? Will prohibition […]
May 3, 2016

Freedom and the Role of Libertarian Think-tanks in India

Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant at Centre for Public Policy Research writes on Freedom and the Role of Libertarian Think-tanks in India Read more about this in our blog Freedom and the Role of Libertarian Think-tanks in India   
May 3, 2016

On the Question of State Debts and Intergenerational Transfers

Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant at Centre for Public Policy Research writes how when the question of intergenerational transfers is raised in the context of debt, especially unsustainable debt of the state, the natural response from supporters of debt is […]
April 28, 2016

Evaluation of Government Interventions in Khadi Sector

Khadi sector is an over-regulated one in India, where the entire production process, sales, distribution, and marketing is fully regulated by the government through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) . The paper examines the growth of Khadi market in […]
April 23, 2016

Experts Brainstorm on State Economy, The New Indian Express, April 23, 2016

Experts Brainstorm on State Economy KOCHI:  The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) on Friday organised a roundtable discussion on ‘Role of the State Machinery in Kerala’s Economy.’ The primary objectives of the discussion, which was attended by experts, was […]
April 23, 2016

State Urged to Simplify Land Laws, The New Indian Express, April 21, 2016

    State Urged to Simplify Land Laws KOCHI: Fort Kochi Sub Collector S Suhas on Wednesday made a strong pitch for simplifying the state’s land laws as well as updating the existing system, while pointing out that the need […]
April 23, 2016

CPPR hosts round table with experts on the role of State in Kerala’s Economy

The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) on 22nd April, Friday hosted a Round Table discussion on The Role of the State in Kerala’s Economy, a topic that is very relevant given the impending elections. Revamp and reengineering  An introduction to the discussion […]
April 20, 2016

“We need more governance and less governments”: IAS Suhas S

“Land laws need to be simplified and systems need to be updated,” said Suhas S, IAS, Sub Collector, Revenue Divisional Officer, Fort Kochi. He was speaking at an interactive lecture by him organized by Kochi-based think tank the Centre for […]
April 18, 2016

“Why are we afraid of privately-run higher educational institutes in Kerala?” : A case for private institutes in Kerala

“I feel private universities must be allowed in Kerala,” said TP Sreenivasan, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Higher Education Council. He was speaking at a panel discussion session recently held in Kochi titled Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: A Way Forward, […]