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

February 1, 2019

Kerala Budget 2019 : Welfare in the times of fiscal crisis

(Image courtesy The New Indian Express) It was a closely watched speech that Dr Thomas Isaac made today as he was presenting the fourth budget of the present LDF government of Kerala. Much so for the reason that it was […]
January 27, 2019

All in the Name of a Flag Carrier: A Comparison of IndiGo and Air India

(Image courtesy: India Today) The aviation sector is a significant contributor to the Indian economy. It contributes an estimate of 7.5 million jobs[i] to the economy directly and indirectly and is expected to witness an investment of $15.52 billion (Rs […]
January 19, 2019

Future of Public Health in Kerala – In Conversation with Dr S S Lal

Event Report In Conversation with Dr S S Lal “Future of Public Health in Kerala” 17 Jan 2019 | 4.30 pm | CPPR  “The health policy of Kerala should set goals for the next 25 years.” Speaking at the in-house […]
January 14, 2019

Indian Aviation Scene: Empty Seats and Empty Pockets

The Indian aviation industry is touted to be one among the fastest growing industries in the world. The international aviation market has grown significantly with 54 million passengers carried to and from India by both domestic and foreign carriers in […]
January 2, 2019

Electoral Arithmetic of 2018: Who gained, Who lost?

The Year 2018 witnessed key elections to nine state assemblies of the Indian Republic – five big states and four small states. The five big states that went to elections were Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. These states […]
December 14, 2018

Emerging Trends in Indian Economy

“We are living in VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) world, and it is getting very difficult to predict what is likely to come,” said Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist, Geojit Financial Services. He was speaking at the […]
December 13, 2018

Rhetoric or Development : What does the Indian Voter want ?

Elections in India, especially since 2014 can be characterized by the overt use of rhetoric. No one in contemporary Indian politics uses rhetoric better and with maximum effect than Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It was on the premise of the […]
December 13, 2018

Battle of Telugu leaders for Delhi

The winter of 2018 has set a tensed mood for general elections of 2019. The results of state assembly elections have set off new debates and calculations. The Congress, which was seen as a weak alternative to BJP in Hindi-belt […]
December 11, 2018

Revival of Kerala Economy: Is Agriculture given due relevance?

The aura around Kerala model of development often appears to be pretentious, considering the macro economic factors of the state which is a remittance economy piloted by the service sector. The survey of India’s inward remittances[1] in 2016-17, states that […]