Basit Zafar is an economist in the Microeconomic Studies Function at Federal Reserve Bank of New York, with particular interests in labor economics, economics of education, and applied microeconomics. His research focuses on understanding how individuals make decisions, such as human capital investments, under uncertainty, and how they form attitudes and beliefs. 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 the California Institute of Technology.