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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-16-45


In many situations, the dependence of the production or utility on the corresponding factors is described by the CES (Constant Elasticity of Substitution) functions. These functions are usually explained by postulating two requirements: an economically reasonable postulate of homogeneity (that the formulas should not change if we change a measuring unit) and a less convincing CSE requirement. In this paper, we show that the CES requirement can be replaced by a more convincing requirement -- that the combined effect of all the factors should not depend on the order in which we combine these factors.