We obtain moment and Gaussian bounds for general coordinate-wise Lipschitz functions evaluated along the sample path of a Markov chain. We treat Markov chains on general (possibly unbounded) state spaces via a coupling method. If the first moment of the coupling time exists, then we obtain a variance inequality. If a moment of order $1+a$ $(a > 0)$ of the coupling time exists, then depending on the behavior of the stationary distribution, we obtain higher moment bounds. This immediately implies polynomial concentration inequalities. In the case that a moment of order $1+ a$ is finite, uniformly in the starting point of the coupling, we obtain a Gaussian bound. We illustrate the general results with house of cards processes, in which both uniform and non-uniform behavior of moments of the coupling time can occur.
"Concentration inequalities for Markov processes via coupling." Electron. J. Probab. 14 1162 - 1180, 2009. https://doi.org/10.1214/EJP.v14-657