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

August 26, 2014

“It is not your fault consumers!”- Understanding Kerala state’s historical mismanagement of the liquor market.

* Rahul V. Kumar The liquor policy of the government of Kerala announced last week, takes into account the dramatic rise in consumption in the state. However, it smacks trouble for the years to come. Although much time has passed […]
August 22, 2014

The Mysterious Private University Regulatory system in India

By Dr D. Dhanuraj & Rahul V Kumar* In the previous article we started with understanding of the inherent policy vacuums in some of the federal states in India. Our observation was that in some of these states at least […]
July 26, 2014

A Reasonably Good Budget, Says Economists , The New Indian Express

“The Budget could not create any greater impact but it could give a direction as to how the economic policies of the country are being adopted to stimulate growth in key sectors and to stimulate growth in FDI in various sectors” […]
July 21, 2014

Critical understanding of the Indian budget 2014-15: The Case of Excise on Cigarettes

Does a tax on cigarettes serve any purpose? For a layman seeing the budget figures of a very high excise rate on cigarettes would mean that it indeed makes the stick costlier and would lead to a reduction in its […]
July 18, 2014

A Note on the Budget Discussion Organized by Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 14-07-2014 in Kochi

  CPPR in association with FICCI organized a discussion on the Union Budget 2014-15 titled “Union Budget 2014-15, Critical Analysis and Way Ahead for the Indian Economy” on 14th July 2014 in Kochi. Two eminent speakers, Dr. Charan Singh (IIM-Bangalore) […]
July 18, 2014

The Mysterious Indian Higher Education System

Introduction India’s education system has undergone several reforms since independence. Literacy rates which roughly reflect these changes have increased from below 20 per cent in 1951 to approximately 74 per cent in 2011. However, the implementation of these reforms have […]
July 16, 2014

Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15?

By Devi Prasad IES* Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15? None, except the Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley himself!… because, Mr Jaitley has to read 16458 words, documented as “Budget Speech”; he has to read to explain the disbursement of […]
July 10, 2014

Budget 2014-15: Critical Analysis and way ahead for Indian Economy

Stay tuned to watch live @ 16.30 hrs (IST) July 14,2014 http:// Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organises Union Budget […]