Basit Zafar is an economist in the Microeconomic and Regional Studies Function, with particular interests in labor economics, economics of education, and applied microeconomics. His research focuses on understanding how individuals make decisions under uncertainty and in the presence of social interactions. His work employs a disparate set of empirical methods and techniques including the use of subjective expectations data and experimental data. Basit holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, awarded in 2008, and a B.Sc. from California Institute of Technology.