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Keywords:

  • multiple priors;
  • divergence preferences;
  • relative entropy;
  • f-divergence;
  • Bregman distance;
  • maximum entropy principle;
  • convex integral functional;
  • generalized exponential family

We propose to interpret distribution model risk as sensitivity of expected loss to changes in the risk factor distribution, and to measure the distribution model risk of a portfolio by the maximum expected loss over a set of plausible distributions defined in terms of some divergence from an estimated distribution. The divergence may be relative entropy or another f-divergence or Bregman distance. We use the theory of minimizing convex integral functionals under moment constraints to give formulae for the calculation of distribution model risk and to explicitly determine the worst case distribution from the set of plausible distributions. We also evaluate related risk measures describing divergence preferences.