Basit Zafar

Associate Professor
TEMPE Campus


Before joining the W. P. Carey School of Business, Basit Zafar served for more than eight years in various capacities in the Research Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a visiting faculty member at Princeton University. His research is focused on labor economics, economics of education, and household finance. 

Specifically, his work seeks to understand how individuals make decisions under uncertainty. Professor Zafar's research employs a disparate set of empirical methods and techniques, including the use of subjective expectations data and experimental data. 

His more than 20 academic articles have appeared in a range of top publications, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Financial Studies, and International Economic Review. 


  • Ph.D. Economics, Northwestern University 2008
  • B.S. Engineering and Economics, California Institute of Technology 2003

Research Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Experimental Economics
  • Household Economics 


Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ECN 494Special Topics
ECN 721Labor Economics I