Peter Tufano

Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Peter Tufano is Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. 




Peter is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders. His ongoing work focuses on household finance, financial innovation, and fintech.

As Dean, Peter has championed the concept of a 'business school embedded within the University'. While this connection begins with the membership of all business school students in Oxford Colleges, it is embodied in a number of initiatives that differentiate the School from other business schools: our joint degree programmes including our 1+1 MBA programme, whereby students can combine an MBA with scores of other Masters Programmes at Oxford; our Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) programme, whereby students and alumni study disruptive global phenomena and their impact on business over the next quarter century; our Engaging with the Humanities Programme, whereby our students learn from humanities scholars and teachers primarily about leadership and values; our Oxford Foundry, a facility opened in 2017 to support all 23,000 Oxford students interested in entrepreneurship; and the extensive research conducted by the faculty with colleagues around Oxford. All of these activities produce a richer and more effective business school and university.

Peter is also a social entrepreneur. In 2000, he founded, and now chairs, a non-profit called Commonwealth (formally Doorways to Dreams Fund). This organisation works with partners to help low income households successfully manage their financial needs. Peter’s research on consumer finance, and the work of Commonwealth, contributed to the passage of the American Savings Promotion Act in December 2014, which removed federal barriers to sale of prize linked savings products in the US.

Prior to joining Oxford, Peter was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School for 22 years. During this time, he assumed a number of leadership roles, serving as department chair, course head, and Senior Associate Dean. He oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, its campus planning, and he advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was also the founding co-chair of the Harvard innovation lab (i-lab), a cross-university initiative to foster entrepreneurship.

Peter earned his AB in economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University. 

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Peter’s research focuses on consumer finance; financial innovation; risk management and corporate financial engineering and mutual funds.

As a Dean, his writing explores the structure and performance of business education.


Playing with your future: Who gambles in defined-contribution pension plans?(opens in new window)

  • Gordon L Clark,
  • Maurizio Fiaschetti,
  • Peter Tufano,
  • Michael Viehs

Advice in defined contribution plans

Chapter  |  Financial Decision Making and Retirement Security in an Aging World  | 
  • GL Clark,
  • M Fiaschetti,
  • P Tufano

Consumer Finance 101 for Financial Educators, Financial Advisers, and Regulators

Chapter  |  Life-cycle investing: Financial education and consumer protection  | 
  • P Tufano,
  • Z Bodie,
  • S Horan,
  • J Gannon,
  • C Farrell

Debt literacy, financial experiences, and overindebtedness(opens in new window)

  • Annamaria Lusardi,
  • Peter Tufano

Road Signs for Business and Business Education: Navigating the Geography of Social Value Creation

Chapter  |  Shaping Entrepreneurial Mindsets: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Leadership Development  | 
  • P Tufano
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Peter believes that academics must have an impact on the outside world by informing business practices and public policy through direct engagement.

Since joining Saïd Business School, Peter has been active in the UK and European business and policy communities.  He is on the advisory committee of the UK Behavioural Insights Team which applies behavioural economic principles to help guide national public policy and regulations. He is part of a group advising the European Central Bank about consumer finance research, a member of the Financial Innovation Consultative Working Group for the European Securities and Market Authority and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital.

Before his arrival at Oxford, Peter worked with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, State government officials and a variety of businesses.

To support other researchers in the field of consumer finance, Peter co-founded the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Household Finance working group. He is also a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Peter is focused on ensuring his research reaches consumers and the wider global community. To that end, he is frequently profiled and cited in news articles.

As a Dean, Peter thinks about, and writes about, the state of business education, and especially about how the next generation of business schools can be strengthened through greater engagement with disciplines outside of traditional business. For some of his blog posts and thoughts, see MBA Programs Should Be More Than Driving Schools (BloombergBusiness) and Business Schools Are Stuck in a Self-Reinforcing Bubble (Businessweek). He is thinking through the relationship of justice and business in a series of recent and forthcoming blog posts, including: What would a fair business world look like?


Peter's teaching commitments include:

  • GOTO (tutor)
  • Doctoral supervision

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