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

July 30, 2018

Working women in Kerala need beneficial laws

Though the amended Shops and Commercial Establishments Act is a welcome move for working women in Kerala, there are teething problems that still need to be resolved at the earliest. To know more read CPPR Senior Project Associate, Sara John’s […]
July 13, 2018

Amendments in the Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments Act,1960 seems favorable for women, but it can be counterproductive to their employment opportunities.

“The amended act seems favorable for women, but it can be counterproductive to their employment opportunities.”, comments Sara John, Senior Project Associate, CPPR on the recent amendments to the Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments Act,1960. Read more at the article […]
July 11, 2018

CPPR Media Mention: Proposed Amendments to the Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments Act,1960

Media mention on CPPR’s draft of proposed Amendments to the Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments ,published in The New Indian Express, Kochi Edition on 11th July 2018. In the story titled “Shopping after 8? Wait…” CPPR Chairman Dr. D Dhanuraj […]
June 22, 2018

Will Kerala’s Draft Labour Policy be beneficial for the State or will it turn out to be counterproductive; കരട് തൊഴില്‍ നയത്തില്‍ തൊഴിലാളികള്‍ക്ക് അമിത പ്രാധാന്യം; ഇത് കേരളത്തിനു ഗുണകരമോ?

The state government has cleared the draft Labour Policy of 2017 which aims to build a healthy employer-employee relation ensuring the prosperity of the labourers, business community and the overall development of the state. Will the proposals of the policy […]
June 7, 2018

E book – The Morality of Capitalism (Malayalam Translation)

  ‘Muthalalitha Vyavasthithiyude Dhaarmikatha’ an e-book published by CPPR is the first Malayalam translation of  “The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You”, edited by  Tom G. Palmer The second in the “What Your Professors Won’t Tell You” […]
April 17, 2018

Skill Development and Job Creation

India is a young nation with nearly 65 percent of its population under 35 years old. However, this demographic dividend might prove to be dangerous, rather than a boon, as India lacks severely in employment, skills and opportunities. ‘Skill Development […]
April 9, 2018

NH widening set for a rocky ride; The Times of India, April 9, 2018

KOCHI: Widening of national highways (NH) has once again hit a roadblock with state and central government agencies passing the buck on who will foot the bill. The latest twist in the tale is Centre’s letter which states that the land value […]
April 5, 2018

India’s Improving Energy Transition

  India has the largest government mandated renewable energy programme, with a target of 175 GW renewable energy capacities by 2022. But how does the country fare in terms of transitioning from traditional methods of energy conversion? ‘India’s Improving Energy […]
April 4, 2018

Changing Business Climate in Kerala: Women and Entrepreneurs Embracing Night Economy

The video analyses the need for amending the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act of 1960 to suit the constantly changing lifestyle and shopping trends of Keralites. It presents representatives from the business community with a chance to voice their concerns […]