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

October 1, 2018

Supplyco Economics: Do We Have An Answer To Kerala’s Food Inflation?

Snapshot Forty-four years after the formation of Supplyco, we still do not have an answer to Kerala’s food inflation – the reason why we must introspect if the Supplyco model is the best way to transfer subsidy benefits to the […]
September 24, 2018

In Conversation With DR.W. LAWRENCE S. PRABHAKAR on “Great Power Transitions, Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific

CPPR-Centre for Strategic Studies is pleased to host DR.W. LAWRENCE S. PRABHAKAR for a talk on “Great Power Transitions, Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific: India’s Foreign and Security Policy, Position, and Posture”. The talk will be held at CPPR office […]
September 24, 2018

Do we have an answer for Kerala’s food inflation?|കേരളത്തിലെ ഭക്ഷ്യവിലപ്പെരുപ്പത്തിന് നമുക്കൊരുത്തരമുണ്ടോ?

The article throws light on the short-sightedness of Supplycos’s objective to control prices of essential commodities The market share of Supplyco is also very low as the volume of sales through Supplyco outlets is very less in comparison to the […]
September 14, 2018

Kerala’s Healthcare System Is Cracking; It Needs To Reach Out To Private Sector

The good health of the citizenry is an important indicator of the well-being of any nation. Developed countries have achieved excellent health indicators by investing in healthcare. But it cannot be inferred that great health indicators can only be achieved […]
September 11, 2018

How Floods Uncovered the Truly Liberal Spirit of Keralites

Kerala has witnessed a disaster of an unprecedented nature in a century. The timely action and response in the aftermath of the floods has helped to arrest the death toll. The state government machinery geared up their coordination activities to […]
September 8, 2018

E book – The Market and A Choice of Free Ideas (Malayalam Translation)

‘Vipaniyum Chila Swathanthra Aashayangalum’ is a collection of six essays (from the collection ‘The Market and A Choice of Free Ideas’ published by Atlas Network in 2014) that mainly deal with concepts like free market, political market and property rights. […]
August 10, 2018

Relevance of Supplyco and its Operations in Kerala’s Current Scenario

Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, otherwise known as Supplyco, is a popular household name across Kerala. Supplyco was formed in 1974 with the primary objective of controlling the rise in prices of essential commodities. However, very few know about this […]
August 10, 2018

Foreign Liquor in Kerala: A Story of Deceit?

The liquor trade in Kerala has always remained politically directed with little or no choice for consumers. Political decisions have shaped the trade for several decades. Business can thrive only when entrepreneurs are free to decide what benefits them most. […]
August 1, 2018

Relevance of Small Private Medical Institutions to Sustain the Health Care System in Kerala

The outstanding achievements in the health sector of Kerala amidst its low economic growth remain to be a paradox. The corroborative role of private sector in achieving this high health status cannot be sidelined. The study examines the contribution of […]