Relatively little attention has been given to the differences in value of statistical life (VSL) from developed and less developed countries. The paper derives a cross-countries VSL estimate based on road fatality accidents and it provides a test to check for such differences. Estimations were obtained from a fixed-effect hedonic price model applied to a panel of data using new and second-hand car prices from 27 countries as a dependent variable. The VSL estimate of €6.63 million is in line with results from other studies; and the income elasticity of VSL between countries is close to unity, implying that VSL is approximately proportional to income. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.