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. CCS 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.


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May 22, 2020

Will India be at the Vanguard of Vaccine Development?

The global pandemic has reinstated the importance of having a strong vaccine ecosystem to foster the development of quick and efficacious vaccines. Globally, India leads in manufacturing processes of vaccines; however, it has a very limited role in the development […]
May 22, 2020

സാമ്പത്തിക പാക്കേജ്: ഒരു വിലയിരുത്തൽ

കോവിഡ്-19 വൻ  പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങൾ  സൃഷിട്ടിക്കുമെന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവാണല്ലോ 20  ലക്ഷം കോടി  രൂപയുടെ പാക്കേജ് പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കാൻ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയെ പ്രേരിപ്പിച്ചത്. മൈലുകളോളം നടന്നവശരായി തളർന്നു റെയിൽവേ ട്രാക്കിൽ ഉറങ്ങി ജീവിതം ഹോമിച്ച അഥിതി തൊഴിലാളികളുടെ പിൻഗാമികളിൽ  ആശയുടെ കിരണങ്ങൾ മൊട്ടിട്ടു. ദൈനം-ദിന ജീവിതം കൂട്ടിമുട്ടിക്കുന്ന മറ്റു പാവപ്പെട്ടവർക്ക്  പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെ വാതായനം തുറക്കപ്പെട്ടു .എല്ലാ കോണുകളിലും നല്ലൊരു നാളെയെ ഓർത്തു […]
May 20, 2020

COVID-19: Kerala changes tack, not to test expats after seven days

Senior Fellow at CPPR Dr Rijo M John, comments in a article published in The New Indian Express on the Kerala testing of returning expatriates. In a change from its earlier stand, Kerala seems to have decided not to test […]
May 20, 2020

Stimulus package falls short of meeting immediate concerns

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced five tranches of economic stimulus under Atmanirbhar Bharat to save the ailing economy. The first tranche was comprehensive, and responsive to the plight of the Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The sector, contributing over 28 percent […]
May 19, 2020

Liquor price spiral impact runs deep in Kerala, poorest consumers hit hard

CPPR Senior Fellow Dr Jose Sebastian comments in a news article published in The Hindu Business Line on the impact increasing the sales tax of liquor in Kerala. Shock varies across communities By raising sales tax on liquor up to […]
May 19, 2020

സാമ്പത്തിക പാക്കേജ്: അഞ്ചാം ഘട്ടവും ആശക്കൊത്തു ഉയർന്നില്ല | Economic Package: Fifth stage not upto standard

CPPR Chief Economist Dr Martin Patrick writes in Manorama online (Malayalam News portal) on the fifth stage of govt’s Economic Package focuses announced by Finance Minister. ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സമ്പദ് വ്യവസ്ഥ സമീപകാലത്തെ ഏറ്റവുമധികം വെല്ലുവിളി നേരിടുന്ന സമയമാണിത്. വൻപ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങളുണ്ടാകുമെന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവാണല്ലോ 20 ലക്ഷം കോടി രൂപയുടെ […]
May 18, 2020

Is Privacy an Illusion for the Netizens of the 21st Century?

Despite privacy being recognised as a fundamental right by the Constitution of India, the existing legal provisions give several outlets to override the privacy concerns of the public. Should governments have access to sensitive data of citizens which they can […]
May 16, 2020

Alcoholnomics: Analysing Liquor Policies in India | Policy Beyond Politics EP 01

India’s illiberal liquor policy oscillates between the two poles of moral stance of abstinence and the need for easy revenue. In the first episode of Policy Beyond Politics Dr D D Dhanuraj (Chairman, CPPR) and Rahul V Kumar( Research Fellow), […]
May 16, 2020

Alcoholnomics: Analysing Liquor Policies in India | Policy Beyond Politics

Policy beyond politics is a video series hosted by CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj, to discuss contemporary policy issues in the country. In this part of the series the conversion is with Rahul V Kumar Research Fellow (Market Economics), CPPR, […]

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